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11-03-2020 | ORIGINAL PAPER

Self-Compassion Relates to Reduced Unethical Behavior Through Lower Moral Disengagement

Auteurs: Ying Yang, Zhen Guo, Junhui Wu, Yu Kou

Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness | Uitgave 6/2020

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Abstract

Objectives

Abundant evidence has demonstrated that self-compassion robustly contributes to individuals’ psychological well-being. Yet, less is known about the social benefits of self-compassion. The present research sought to test whether self-compassion is related to less unethical behavior, as well as the mediating role of moral disengagement in this relation.

Methods

Across two studies in China, a college student sample (study 1, N = 222; 24% men, Mage = 19.44 years) and a large adolescent sample (study 2, N = 3236; 46% boys, Mage = 15.66 years) were recruited to complete measures of self-compassion, moral disengagement, and unethical behavior.

Results

Structural equation models revealed that self-compassion was negatively associated with unethical behavior (study 1, β = − 0.23, p = 0.006; study 2, β = − 0.19, p < 0.001) and that a lower level of moral disengagement explained the negative association between self-compassion and unethical behavior (study 1, indirect effect = − 0.14, p = 0.012, 95% CI [− 0.24, − 0.03]; study 2, indirect effect = − 0.08, p < 0.001, 95% CI [− 0.11, − 0.06]).

Conclusions

The findings support the notion that self-compassion decreases unethical behavior tendency through a lower level of moral disengagement, which expands our understanding of the adaptive functions of self-compassion in the social context.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Self-Compassion Relates to Reduced Unethical Behavior Through Lower Moral Disengagement
Auteurs
Ying Yang
Zhen Guo
Junhui Wu
Yu Kou
Publicatiedatum
11-03-2020
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Mindfulness / Uitgave 6/2020
Print ISSN: 1868-8527
Elektronisch ISSN: 1868-8535
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-020-01354-1

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