Estudios de Psicologia, vol.36, no.2, pp.343-365, 2015 (SSCI)
© 2015 Fundacion Infancia y Aprendizaje.The aim of the present study is to examine the relationships between early life experiences and self-compassion. Sample of the study consists of 268 university students, in Turkey. Participants completed the Early Life Experiences Scale and the Self-compassion Scale. The relationships between early life experiences and self-compassion were examined using correlation analysis and the hypothesis model was tested through structural equation modeling. In correlation analysis, self-kindness, common humanity and mindfulness factors of self-compassion were found negatively and self-judgment, isolation and over-identification factors of self-compassion were found positively related to early life experiences. The structural model fitted well (χ2 = 21.92, df = 9, χ2/df = 2.43, p =.00914, AGFI =.93, GFI =.97, CFI =.98, NFI =.97, NNFI =.95, IFI =.98, RFI =.92, SRMR =.047, RMSEA =.073). According to path analysis results, selfkindness, common humanity and mindfulness were predicted negatively by early life experiences. Further early life experiences predicted self-judgment, isolation and over-identification in a positive way. This research shows that early life experiences have a direct impact on the self-compassion.