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Relationships among Self-esteem, Self-compassion, Coping Strategies, and College Life Adjustment in Freshmen

  • THE KOREAN JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • 2014, 27(4), pp.117-138
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Developmental Psychology
  • Research Area : Social Science > Psychological Science

CHONG,YOUNG-SOOK 1 김수빈 1

1부산대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships between coping strategies and college life adjustment in relation to self-esteem and self-compassion in college freshmen. The SACQ, COPE, RSES, and SCS were administered to 264 college freshmen. The results can be summarized as follows: self-esteem and self-compassion demonstrated differential effects on freshmen's coping strategies and college life adjustment. First, self-esteem had strong effects on problem-focused coping and avoidant coping strategies; while, self-compassion had a powerful impact on the reduction of negative emotions and seeking social support as coping strategies. Second, results from the regression analysis regarding the effects of self-esteem and self-compassion on college life adjustment indicated that self-esteem strongly affected most components of college life adjustment, but self-compassion affected only the personal-emotional adjustment. Path analysis suggested self-esteem directly influenced college life adjustment, and self-compassion directly influenced personal-emotional adjustment. The role of self-compassion as a regulator of negative emotion was discussed.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.