Does Self-Compassion Predict Spiritual Experiences of Turkish University Students?


AKIN A., AKIN U.

JOURNAL OF RELIGION & HEALTH, vol.56, no.1, pp.109-117, 2017 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 56 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10943-015-0138-y
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF RELIGION & HEALTH
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.109-117

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the predictive role of self-compassion on spiritual experiences. Participants were 285 university students. In this study, the self-compassion scale and the spiritual experiences scale were used. Self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness factors of self-compassion were found positively, and self-judgment, isolation, and over-identification factors of self-compassion were found negatively related to spiritual experiences. According to regression results, spiritual experiences were predicted negatively by self-judgment and over-identification. Further common humanity predicted spiritual experiences in a positive way. Self-compassion has explained 21 % of the variance in spiritual experiences.