Psychometric Properties of Self-Compassion Scale-Short Form in a Turkish University Student Sample

Barutçu Yıldırım F., Onaylı S., Taşkesen N.

Sakarya Üniversitesi Eğitim Fakültesi Dergisi,, vol.23, no.1, pp.23-34, 2023 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


The current study aims to examine the psychometric properties of the Self-Compassion Scale-Short Form (SCS-SF) in a Turkish young adulthood sample. The study participants comprised 139 Turkish university students in Study 1 and 200 Turkish university students in Study 2. The SCS-SF was translated into Turkish; experts examined the translation studies to check the content validity. Confirmatory factor analyses were conducted to investigate construct validity in both studies. As with the long version, a six-factor and a single higher-order factor structure of the Shortened Self-Compassion Scale were confirmed in both study 1 and study 2. To check convergent validity, the scores of SCS-SF were compared with the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale and the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule scores significant correlations were found. Reliability analyses were conducted to test internal and test-retest reliability and generally yielded acceptable reliability estimates. Thus, as a reliable and valid instrument, the Self-Compassion Scale-Short Form can be used to measure the self-compassion level of Turkish young adults as an alternative to the long version of the SCS.