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Title: Self-compassion buffers the adverse mental health impacts of COVID-19-related threats: Results from a cross-sectional survey at the first peak of Hong Kong's outbreak
Authors: Dr. LAU Hi Po, Bobo 
Chan, Cecilia Lai-Wan 
Ng, Siu Man, Dilys 
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Frontiers in Psychology, Nov. 2020, vol. 11, article no. 585270.
Journal: Frontiers in psychology 
Abstract: COVID-19 has brought tremendous and abrupt threats to various aspects of our daily lives, from school and work to interpersonal relationships. Self-compassion is put forth as a salutogenic perspective on oneself that buffers the adverse mental health impacts of these threats. During the peak of a local outbreak in Hong Kong in Spring 2020, 761 participants completed questionnaires on self-compassion, perceived threats, as well as perceived benefits and psychological distress. Controlling for demographic variables, negative indicators of self-compassion (aka self-coldness) was found to intensify the impacts of threats on psychological distress. The positive indicators of self-compassion also moderated the link between threats and perceived benefits, such that perceived benefits tend to be less related to threats in participants with higher self-compassion. Our findings highlight the impacts of both positive and negative indicators of self-compassion on the adjustment to such unprecedented challenges, and point to the possibility of enhancing people's resilience through fostering self-compassion and alleviating self-coldness.
Description: Open access
Type: Peer Reviewed Journal Article
ISSN: 1664-0640
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.585270
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