A large body of research has shown that romantic rejection is significantly related to the presence of clinical depression. Growing evidence suggests that self-compassion is significantly negatively associated with depression and other psychopathologies. However, no research has explored the interactive role that self-compassion plays in the relationship between romantic rejection and depression. The present study is the first of the literature to investigate the interaction of self-compassion and romantic rejection on depression. Consistent with the previous studies, romantic rejection was significantly associated with depression. However, a moderation analysis indicated that self-compassion did not moderate the relationship between romantic rejection and depression. Specifically, the conditional effect of self-compassion was the only significant predictor that accounted for the variance in depression. Notably, romantic rejection did not account for variance in predicting depression when self-compassion was also considered. Results suggest the importance of self-compassion as a potential protective factor to psychopathology, particularly depression. The implications for clinical application and future research studies are discussed.
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Depression, romantic rejection, self-compassion
Chan, Imfong, "DOES BEING KIND TO ONESELF HELP FIGHT AGAINST DEPRESSION? THE POTENTIAL MODERATING ROLE OF SELF-COMPASSION IN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ROMANTIC REJECTION AND DEPRESSION" (2017). Murray State Theses and Dissertations. 57.