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Title: Validation of the Psychometric Properties of the Self-Compassion Scale. Testing the Factorial Validity and Factorial Invariance of the Measure among Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Eating Disorder and General Populations.
Authors: Costa, Joana 
Marôco, João 
Pinto-Gouveia, José 
Ferreira, Claúdia 
Castilho, Paula 
Keywords: *A two-factor structure of SCS with strong psychometric validity was supported in clinical and nonclinical samples; *Helping individuals with limited experiences of compassion to develop positive internal processing systems seems to be relate with better mental health, self-accepting and self-nurturing abilities; *The non-probabilistic sampling limits the generalization of our conclusions.; self-compassionate attitude; self-critical attitude; two-factor model; factorial invariance
Issue Date: 2016
Project: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia SFRH/BPD/78227/2011 
Serial title, monograph or event: Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Volume: 23
Abstract: Background: During the last years there has been a growing interest in self-compassion. Empirical evidences show that self-compassion is associated with psychological benefits among young adults and it might be considered a buffer factor in several mental disorders. Aims: To validate the psychometric properties of Self-Compassion Scale (SCS: Neff, 2003a) after the initial lack of replicate the original 6-factor structure. Method: Data were collected from the overall database of a Research Center (56 males and 305 females; mean age= 25.19) and comprised 4 groups: borderline personality disorder, anxiety disorder, eating disorder and general population. Results: Confirmatory Factor Analysis supported a two-factor model (self-compassionate attitude versus self-critical attitude) with good internal consistencies, construct related validity and external validity. Configural, weak measurement and structural invariance of the two-factor model of SCS were also shown. Conclusions: Findings support the generalizability of the two-factor model and show that both properties and interpretations of scores on self-compassion are equivalent across these populational groups.
DOI: 10.1002/cpp.197
Rights: openAccess
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