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Self-compassion Scale - A (SCS-A)

Title of the Portuguese Version

Escala de Auto-Compaixão para Adolescentes

Original Version

Neff, K. (2003)

Portuguese Version

Pinto-Gouveia, J., Cunha, M., Xavier, A., & Castilho, P. (2011)

General Description

This questionnaire is a 26 items and six subscales: Self-Kindness; Self-Judgement; Common Humanity; Isolation; Mindfulness; Over-Identification. Respondents were instructed with the sentence “how I typically act towards myself in difficult times” and were asked to answer each item according to a 5-point scale (1 = Almost Never; 5 = Almost Always). Subscale scores are computed by calculating the mean of subscale item responses. To compute the total score of SCS, the Self-Kindness, Common Humanity, and Mindfulness are summed with reverse scores of the Self-Judgement, Isolation, and Over-identification subscales. Higher scores indicate greater self-compassion.

  • Cunha, M., Xavier, A., & Castilho, P. (2016). Understanding self-compassion in adolescents: Validation study of the Self-Compassion Scale. Personality and Individual Differences, 93, 56–62. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2015.09.023 http://hdl.handle.net/10316/46891

  • Neff, K. D. (2003). Development and validation of a scale to measure self-compassion. Self and Identity, 2, 223–250. doi:10.1080/15298860390209035


Marina Cunha – marina_cunha@ismt.pt

Ana Xavier – ana.mj.xavier@gmail.com

Paula Castilho – paulacastilho@fpce.uc.pt

José Pinto-Gouveia – jpgouveia@fpce.uc.pt