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Zenzi Huysmans and Damien Clement

Self-compassion draws upon philosophies of a healthy self-attitude and new ways to understand well-being ( Neff, 2003 ). It involves understanding, kindness, and openness to one’s own suffering within a framework of nonjudgment and mindfulness. Self-compassion is composed of three distinct concepts

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Leah J. Ferguson, Kent C. Kowalski, Diane E. Mack, and Catherine M. Sabiston

Using a mixed methods research design, we explored self-compassion and eudaimonic well-being in young women athletes. In a quantitative study (n = 83), we found that self-compassion and eudaimonic well-being were positively related (r = .76, p < .01). A model of multiple mediation was proposed, with self-compassion, passivity, responsibility, initiative, and self-determination accounting for 83% of the variance in eudaimonic well-being. In a qualitative study (n = 11), we explored when and how self-compassion might be useful in striving to reach one’s potential in sport. Self-compassion was described as advantageous in difficult sport-specific situations by increasing positivity, perseverance, and responsibility, as well as decreasing rumination. Apprehensions about fully embracing a self-compassionate mindset in sport warrant additional research to explore the seemingly paradoxical role of self-compassion in eudaimonic well-being.

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Amber D. Mosewich, Catherine M. Sabiston, Kent C. Kowalski, Patrick Gaudreau, and Peter R.E. Crocker

their athletic goals and psychological well-being. Self-compassion has been related to positive psychological functioning and emotional well-being in women involved in sport ( Ferguson, Kowalski, Mack, & Sabiston, 2014 ; Mosewich, Crocker, Kowalski, & DeLongis, 2013 ; Mosewich, Kowalski, Sabiston

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Nathan A. Reis, Kent C. Kowalski, Amber D. Mosewich, and Leah J. Ferguson

experience and minimize attrition rates. One construct that has been associated with easing sport-specific setbacks and challenges is self-compassion, which is a warm and accepting way of treating oneself in the face of difficult experiences ( Neff, 2003a , 2003b ). Comprised of self-kindness, common

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Alana Signore, Brittany N. Semenchuk, and Shaelyn M. Strachan

identify factors that help people cope effectively with exercise lapses, they should have a better chance of getting back on track with their behavior rather than experiencing a complete cessation. Self-Compassion Self-compassion, an orientation to care for oneself during difficult times ( Neff, 2003a

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Brittany N. Semenchuk, Shaelyn M. Strachan, and Michelle Fortier

-adherence researchers and practitioners are interested in variables that can improve self-regulation. Self-Compassion Researchers argue that an individual’s capacity to self-regulate health behaviors is influenced by one’s level of self-compassion ( Terry & Leary, 2011 ). Self-compassion is the ability to be kind to

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Sasha M. Kullman, Brittany N. Semenchuk, Benjamin J.I. Schellenberg, Laura Ceccarelli, and Shaelyn M. Strachan

there is a research gap regarding identity change ( Burke & Stets, 2009 ). This research pursuit is practical for the promotion of exercise that supports well-being among women with young children, a population that exercises less than other populations ( Bellows-Riecken & Rhodes, 2008 ). Self-compassion

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Robert C. Hilliard, Lorenzo A. Redmond, and Jack C. Watson II

positively predicted discomfort. Taken together, these studies suggest that stigma plays an important role in student-athletes’ attitudes toward help-seeking. Therefore, exploring variables that could help to reduce stigma is important. Self-compassion is one potential variable that could mitigate the

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Margo E.K. Adam, Abimbola O. Eke, and Leah J. Ferguson

., 2011 ). Exploring perceived important sport contexts is particularly relevant as there is the potential that athletes will require a range of skills and resources to manage challenges and stressors to reach their potential. Self-compassion has been identified as particularly relevant within sport to

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Meghan S. Ingstrup, Amber D. Mosewich, and Nicholas L. Holt

The purpose of this study was to explore factors that contributed to the development of self-compassion among highly self-compassionate women varsity athletes. More specifically, the research question was: how did women varsity athletes with high self-compassion perceive they became self-compassionate? To purposefully sample participants, 114 women varsity athletes completed the Self-Compassion Scale (Neff, 2003b). Ten athletes with high self-compassion scores then participated in individual interviews and a follow-up second interview. Data were analyzed using interpretive phenomenological analysis (Smith & Osborn, 2003). Analysis produced three main themes that contributed to the development of self-compassion: (a) role of parents (seeking and receiving help from parents, parents teaching self-kindness, parents putting experiences in perspective); (b) gaining self-awareness; and (c) learning from others (peers, siblings, coaches, sport psychologists). These findings provide insights into the ways in which self-compassion can be learned and taught, and have implications for practitioners who work with women athletes.