Fears of Compassion Scales – Adolescents version (FCS-A)

Title of the Portuguese Version

Escala dos Medos da Compaixão para Adolescentes

Original Version

Gilbert, P., McEwan, K., Matos, M., Rivis, A. (2011)

Portuguese Version

Duarte, C., Pinto-Gouveia, J., & Cunha, M. (2014)

General Description

The FCS-A assesses fear of compassion for self, fear of compassion for others, and fear of compassion from others and. It identifies barriers to giving compassion to oneself (15 items), to others (10 items), and receiving compassion from others (13 items). The items are rated on a five-point Likert scale (0 = Don’t agree at all, 4 = Completely agree). The higher the score, the greater the one’s fears, blocks and resistances to compassion.

  • Duarte, C., Pinto-Gouveia, J., & Cunha, M. (2014). Fears of compassion in adolescence: Fears of Compassion Scales’ examination and implications in this population [Poster presentation]. The 3rd International Conference on Compassion Focused Therapy. Birmingham, UK.

  • Gilbert, P., McEwan, K., Matos, M., Rivis, A. (2011). Fears of compassion: Development of three self-report measures. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 84, 239-255. https://doi.org/10.1348/147608310X526511


Marina Cunha – marina_cunha@ismt.pt

Cristiana Duarte – cristianaoduarte@gmail.com