Negative cognitive style as a mediator between self-compassion and hopelessness depression

Lihua Zhou1, Jian Chen2, Xiaoqun Liu3, Dali Lu3, Linyan Su3
1Mental Health Institute, Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University and Hengyang Normal University, People’s Republic of China
2Department of Psychology, Hunan Normal University, People’s Republic of China
3Mental Health Institute, Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, People’s Republic of China
Cite this article:  Zhou, L., Chen, J., Liu, X., Lu, D., & Su, L. (2013). Negative cognitive style as a mediator between self-compassion and hopelessness depression. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 41(9), 1511-1518.

Volume 41 Issue 9 | e3292 | Published: October 2013 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2013.41.9.1511

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We examined the relationship between self-compassion and hopelessness depression. The participants were 418 students at a technology college in Hunan, China, who completed questionnaires to measure self-compassion, hopelessness depression, and negative cognitive style. The results showed that self-compassion was negatively associated with both hopelessness depression and negative cognitive style, and negative cognitive style emerged as a significant mediator in the relationship between self-compassion and hopelessness depression. The results suggest that self-compassion had buffering effects on hopelessness depression through its positive effects on negative cognitive style. The findings in the present study can help expand current understanding of self-compassion and hopelessness depression.

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