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Investigating the relationships between Neuroticism, Self-Compassion and Coping Styles

FISELIER, S. (2017) Investigating the relationships between Neuroticism, Self-Compassion and Coping Styles.

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Abstract:Neuroticism affects the extent towards which individuals evaluates their own self-worth and self-compassion. Yet little is known about how individuals positively or negatively cope influences the relationship between neuroticism and self-compassion.The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between neuroticism, positive/negative coping styles and self-compassion. A cross-sectional survey design was used with a convenience sample of 212 respondents from the Netherlands and Germany. The neuroticism scale from the BFI, the CERQ (coping styles) and the SCS (self-compassion) were used. Simple regressions and moderation analyses were used to analyse the data. Findings showed a negative relationship between neuroticism, positive coping styles and self-compassion as well as a positive relationship between neuroticism and negative coping styles. Furthermore, negative coping styles had a significant moderating effect on the relationship between neuroticism and self-compassion. Since, focusing on positive coping styles does not enhance self-compassion, whereas managing negative coping styles does, therapists are advised to adjust coping strategy based therapies. Practically, this study shows that negative coping styles are important when we want to help neurotic people experience self-compassion whereas positive coping styles do not seem to hold this same importance.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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