Psychological Flexibility, Self-compassion, and Coping among Young Adults

Bhavana Siva Priya A, Cynthia Sara James and Rema M K
Kristu Jayanti College, Bengaluru.


Psychological flexibility, self-compassion, and coping are interrelated constructs that
share the trait of conscious awareness of emotions and play an important role in the
mental health and well-being of young adults. The present study aimed to examine
the relationship and influence of psychological flexibility, and self-compassion on
coping among young adults. Additionally, the study explored gender differences in
these constructs. A sample of 340 (male = 170 and female = 170) young adults aged
18-25 years was recruited using convenience sampling. Data were collected using
three self-report measures: the Acceptance and Action Questionnaire-II (AAQ-II), the
Self-Compassion Scale-Short Form (SCS-SF), and the Coping Scale. Results showed
there is a significant relationship between psychological flexibility, self-compassion, and
coping. Furthermore, both psychological flexibility and self-compassion were shown to
predict coping, showing that both constructs contribute to an individual’s capacity to
effectively manage stress and obstacles. Gender differences were found in psychological
flexibility and self-compassion with females demonstrating higher levels compared to
males. However, no gender differences were found in coping

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