Date of Award

Fall 2015

Document Type


Primary Advisor

Dr. Rosalind Goodrich


Loneliness is a common and painful experience related to a multitude of negative health outcomes. The current study examined the relationship between measures of self-compassion and measures of loneliness in order to explore whether a self-compassionate mindset might alleviate feelings of social isolation. Because prior research has indicated a relationship between self-evaluation processes and perceptions of social connectedness, the study was conducted with the hypothesis that there would be a negative correlation between self-compassion and loneliness constructs. The sample consisted of 198 undergraduate students between the ages of 18 and 25 at a small Christian university in the Southeast U. S. The Short Form of the Self-Compassion Scale and the UCLA Loneliness Scale (Version 3) were administered to the participants through an online survey. Results from data analyses showed a moderate negative correlation of about -.555 (p