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Self-Compassion in University Students: An Integrative Literature Review

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https://doi.org/10.1590/SciELOPreprints.2521

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compassion, self-compassion, college students, higher education, mindfulness, integrative literature review, mental health, education, higher education, university, positive psychology, psychological well-being

Abstract

The objective of this study was to review the scientific production, in search of gathering empirical evidence about self-compassion in college students. The integrative review included articles published from 2009 to 2021, indexed in PsycINFO, PubMed, Scopus and Web of Science, in Portuguese, English or Spanish. A total of 183 files were found and, after the screening, eligibility and selection steps, 9 articles were included, following the PRISMA guidelines. The analysis of the results was categorized from two topics: (i) self-compassion-based interventions for academics and (ii) self-compassion as a protective psychological factor for the mental health of higher education students. The results showed that self-compassion is considered an important protective factor for positive psychological functioning and the development of constructs that reflect positive dimensions of mental health and academic performance in college students.

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Mara Dantas Pereira, Universidade Tiradentes

Graduated in Psychology from Tiradentes University (UNIT). Currently, she is a master's student in the Stricto Sensu Graduate Program in Psychology at the Federal University of Sergipe (PPGPSI/UFS), São Cristóvão, Sergipe, Brazil. Researcher at the Group of Studies and Research in Psychology, Education, Health, and Inclusion (GEPPESI/UFS).

 

Joilson Pereira da Silva, Universidade Federal de Sergipe

PhD in Psychology from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). He is currently an accredited professor at the Department of Libras (DELI) and at the Stricto Sensu Graduate Program in Psychology of the Federal University of Sergipe (PPGPSI/UFS), São Cristóvão, Sergipe, Brazil. Researcher and coordinator of the Group of Studies and Research in Psychology, Education, Health and Inclusion (GEPPESI/UFS).

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07/12/2021 — Updated on 06/20/2022

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Pereira, M. D., & Silva, J. P. da. (2022). Self-Compassion in University Students: An Integrative Literature Review. In SciELO Preprints. https://doi.org/10.1590/SciELOPreprints.2521 (Original work published 2021)

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