Self-Compassion, Loneliness, and Psychological Well-Being in People Living With HIV
We hypothesized that higher levels of self-compassion among people living with HIV (PLWH) would be related to lower levels of loneliness, which in turn would be associated with better psychological well-being (lower levels of depression and negative affect and higher positive affect). 106 PLWH completed an online survey that measured demographic variables, self-compassion, loneliness, and psychological well-being. Mediation analyses revealed that loneliness mediated the relationship between self-compassion and depression and negative affect, but not positive affect. These findings indicate that encouraging self-compassion may have a positive effect on psychological well-being among people living with HIV by reducing loneliness.
Bogusch, Leah M.; Fekete, Erin M.; Skinta, Matthew D.; Williams, Stacey L.; Taylor, Nicole M.; and McErlean, Amanda R.. 2014. Self-Compassion, Loneliness, and Psychological Well-Being in People Living With HIV. Poster Presentation. American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.. https://erinfekete.weebly.com/uploads/6/2/0/9/62092791/bogusch_apa_poster_handout_[compatibility_mode].pdf