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A validation of the body compassion scale in females
journal contributionposted on 2024-01-31, 02:15 authored by Leesa Van NiekerkLeesa Van Niekerk, Gemma Muscella, Michael Quinn
Body compassion bridges together the constructs of body image and self-compassion and refers to the relationship people have with their bodies, encompassing defusion, common humanity and acceptance. The purpose of the current study was to validate the 23-item Body Compassion Scale (BCS), in a female sample, and to determine the distinctiveness of body compassion from the similar construct of self-compassion. A total of 513 females completed an online cross-sectional survey examining body compassion, self-compassion, body image, and psychological health. Results supported the validation of the three-factor structure of the BCS, with the subscales of defusion and acceptance being more strongly associated with measures of body image than self-compassion. The BCS subscale of common humanity revealed lower associations with body image compared to self-compassion. The findings suggest that body compassion is a body-specific construct relating to body image concerns and while related, is distinct, from the construct of self-compassion.
Publication titleJOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
PublisherSAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
- Published online
Place of publicationEngland
Event VenueUniversity of Tasmania, Australia.
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