Predicting self-compassion in UK nursing students: Relationships with resilience, engagement, motivation, and mental wellbeing
AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractSelf-compassion, being kind towards oneself, has been identified as a key protective factor of mental health. This is consistent with students’ experiences in the study of nursing, which attracts a large number of students in the United Kingdom. Despite the importance of self-compassion, knowledge in how to enhance self-compassion is under-researched. Self-compassion interventions are commonly related to meditative exercises. In order to suggest alternative approaches, relationships between self-compassion and more established constructs need to be appraised. Accordingly, this study evaluated predictors of self-compassion, examining its relationships with more established constructs examined in other healthcare student populations: resilience, engagement, motivation and mental wellbeing. An opportunity sample of 182 UK nursing students at a university in East Midlands completed self-report measures about these constructs. Correlation and regression analyses were conducted. Self-compassion was positively related to resilience, engagement, intrinsic motivation and mental wellbeing, while negatively related to amotivation. Resilience and mental wellbeing were identified as significant predictors of self-compassion. As resilience and mental wellbeing are relatively familiar to many nursing lecturers and students, educators can incorporate a self-compassion component into the existing resilience training and/or mental wellbeing practices.
CitationKotera, Y., Cockerill, V., Chircop, J., Kaluzeviciute, G. and Dyson, S. (2021). 'Predicting self-compassion in UK nursing students: Relationships with resilience, engagement, motivation, and mental wellbeing'. Nurse Education in Practice, pp. 1-34.
JournalNurse Education in Practice