The Relationship Between Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, Spirituality and Coping.

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Morgan, Hazel
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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he aim of the present exploratory study was to gain a deeper understanding and expand upon the literature of the relationship between mindfulness, self-compassion, spirituality and coping. A quantitative, cross-sectional design was utilised. A convenience sample of 521 (M=76, F=421) participants completed four self-reported questionnaires: Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS); Spiritual Perspective Scale (SPS); Self-Compassion Scale (SCS); The Brief COPE; and General Health Questionnaire (GHQ). A bivariate correlation and a multiple regression found spirituality and coping strategies to positively predict mindfulness, self-compassion to correlate with coping strategies, mindfulness not to positively predict self-compassion, mindfulness and spirituality to be positively correlated, and the relationship between self-compassion and spirituality was uninterpretable. A t-test found a significant difference between genders in spirituality. Author Keywords: Mindfulness, spirituality, self-compassion, coping