What is it about?

Self-compassion is a psychological construct associated with self-acceptance and coping with the aging process. The Self-Compassion Scale (SCS), in both long and short forms, is the most widely used measure of self-compassion. The aim of this study was to translate into Swedish and test the psychometric properties of the SCS-SF. Another aim was to investigate whether self-compassion differs by age and gender in older adults.

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Why is it important?

The SCS-SF seemed to have insufficient reliability in this sample of older adults. Further studies are needed to see whether new instruments are needed for this population.


The short form of the self-compassion scale is often used in studies when measuring self-compassion. However, there are few studies that have investigated the validity and reliability of this short version.

PhD Anna Bratt

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This page is a summary of: Self-compassion in old age: confirmatory factor analysis of the 6-factor model and the internal consistency of the Self-compassion scale-short form, Aging & Mental Health, January 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2019.1569588.
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