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Short Communication | Psychology Science | India | Volume 11 Issue 11, November 2022
Relationship between Self-Compassion and Psychological Wellbeing among Geriatric Population in India
Aditi Dubey | Aparajita Chakraborty 
Abstract: In the last few decades, advancement in the field of medical sciences and technology has changed our understanding of the process of aging. Studies suggest increased life expectancy as more individuals are entering into a ripe and active old age. There are multiple interpersonal and intrapersonal factors behind it; one could be self-compassion. Self-compassion (SC) is a construct to describe healthy self-to-self relation, which involves a non-judgmental attitude toward one?s pain, inadequacies, and failures, along with the perception that these are part of the greater human experience. It encompasses three fundamental components: (1) self-kindness (2) common humanity and (3) mindfulness. There are growing studies indicating the role of self-compassion in a wide range of desirable psychological outcomes, at inter and intrapersonal levels, especially among adolescents. However, very few studies have been done on the geriatric population. In this regard, the present study investigated the relationships between self-compassion and psychological well-being among 65 old adults (Mean age 67 yrs) using Self-Compassion Scale for Adults Short form and the Psychological Wellbeing Scale (Ryff 18 items). Results indicated that self-compassion is and a few of its components are positively correlated with psychological well-being and few of its components indicate its wider role and application in this population as well and it also throws light on the probable usage of self-compassion-based psychotherapies among this population.
Keywords: Self-Compassion, Psychological wellbeing, geriatric, mindfulness
Edition: Volume 11 Issue 11, November 2022,
Pages: 891 - 894