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      Demonstrating mood repair with a situation‐based measure of self‐compassion and self‐criticism

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          The clinical significance of self‐criticism and self‐compassion has prompted the development of questionnaires assessing these constructs. However, there is a lack of measures assessing their interaction within specific contexts and potential involvement in mood repair processes.


          To rectify this, we developed the Self‐Compassion and Self‐Criticism Scales ( SCCS), based on responses to specific scenarios, and examined its psychometric properties in an online survey and an experimental situation.


          In study 1, standard psychometric procedures were used to investigate the reliability and validity of the SCCS. In study 2, an experimental challenge involving a difficult language task was used to test its sensitivity to change.


          In study 1, exploratory factor analysis ( n = 413) showed a clear two‐factor structure of the SCCS denoting two orthogonal scales, with high internal validity (α ≥ .87). Correlations between the SCCS and existing measures also demonstrated appropriate convergent validity. Study 2 ( n = 90) provided preliminary evidence that the SCCS can detect changes in self‐appraisals. Participants receiving no performance feedback from the challenge task showed reduced state self‐criticism and increased state self‐compassion, demonstrating mood repair.


          The SCCS has promise as a situational measure of self‐compassion and self‐criticism.

          Practitioner points

          • In the context of specific problem situations, clients' levels of self‐criticism and self‐compassion may well be orthogonal and can be assessed with the SCCS.

          • In setting treatment goals and assessing treatment outcome, it may be helpful to target both self‐compassion and self‐criticism separately.

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                Psychol Psychother
                Psychol Psychother
                Psychology and Psychotherapy
                John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Hoboken )
                05 February 2015
                December 2015
                : 88
                : 4 ( doiID: 10.1111/papt.2015.88.issue-4 )
                : 351-365
                [ 1 ] Department of Clinical, Educational & Health PsychologyUniversity College London UK
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                [* ]Correspondence should be addressed to Caroline J. Falconer, Department of Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK (email: c.falconer@ ).
                © 2015 The Authors. Psychology and Psychotherapy published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of the British Psychological Society

                This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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                Pages: 15
                Funded by: Medical Research Council
                Award ID: MR/J009210/1
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