HACETTEPE UNIVERSITESI EGITIM FAKULTESI DERGISI-HACETTEPE UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF EDUCATION, vol.33, no.3, pp.689-704, 2018 (ESCI)
The aim of this study was to investigate whether attachment style and perceived social support predicted self-compassion levels of university students. The study group consisted of 587 volunteering university students (427 females, 156 males and 4 other) undergraduate students studying at various faculties and class levels of a state university in Ankara. "Self-Compassion Scale (SCS)", "Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS)" and "Experiences in Close Relationships Scale- Revised (ECR-R)" and "Demographic Information Form (DIF)" was applied to the participants. Multiple Linear Regression Analysis was performed using the SPSS 23.0 package program in the analysis of the data. Findings of the study indicated that attachment anxiety, perceived family support, and perceived friend support significantly predicted the self-compassion levels of university students. On the other hand, attachment avoidance and perceived social support from a special person did not significantly predict self-compassion levels of the participants. The findings of the study were discussed in the light of literature and recommendations for researchers and practitioners were made.