International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 20 Num. 3 - October 2020


Self-Compassion and Well-being among Vietnamese Adolescents

Volume 20 Num. 3 - October 2020 - Pages 327-341


Cat Tuong Nguyen Phuoc , Quynh-Anh Ngoc Nguyen


There has been significant progress in research aimed at understanding the role of self-compassion in improving the well-being of adults. However, to the best of our knowledge, few empirical studies have examined the relationship between self-compassion and multiple aspects of well-being in adolescents, especially among those from the South-East Asian region. This research, therefore, has two main goals: 1) to examine the psychological outcomes associated with self-warmth and self-coldness in Vietnamese adolescents; 2) to explore the interaction between self-warmth and self-coldness in predicting Vietnamese adolescents’ well-being. The results of a multiple regression analysis provide the evidence that both self-warmth and self-coldness showed significant predictive power in Vietnamese adolescents’ well-being. Moderation analysis carried out using the PROCESS macro for SPSS indicated that self-warmth significantly moderated the link between self-coldness and perceived stress. These findings have significant implications for the promotion of school-based well-being interventions in Vietnam in particular, and the South-East Asian region in general.

Keywords: adolescents, self-compassion, self-warmth, self-coldness, well-being.

How to cite this paper: Nguyen Phuoc C & Ngoc Nguye Q-A (2020). Self-Compassion and Well-being among Vietnamese Adolescents. International Journal of Psychology & Psychological Therapy, 20, 3, 327-341.

Key words:

adolescents, self-compassion, self-warmth, self-coldness, well-being

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