The Role of Self- Compassion in College Students’ Perceived Social Support

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Kelly Lavin
Marcie C. Goeke-Morey
Kathryn A. Degnan


College students, first-year students, social information processing, self-compassion, perceived social support, friendships


Can undergraduate students’ self-compassion, or their relationship with themselves, positively influence the degree to which they feel supported by their friends? This paper investigated how social information processing theory (SIP) may explain the relations between student’s self-compassion and perceived social support from friends. Results revealed that self-compassion impacts social information processing mechanisms and perceived social support from friends. Students with higher self-compassion are less likely to make hostile attributions, less likely to respond in aggressive ways, and more likely to respond in socially appropriate ways, which, in turn, was related to greater perceived support from friends.


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