Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, and Psychological Flexibility As Predictors of Depression Among Students

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Dzilal Abdul Aziz, Athirah Yasmin Mohd. Shakir, Nur Syafiqah Suhaime


University students are often found to have symptoms of depression due to the new stressors in the journey of transitioning from adolescence to adulthood. Therefore, this study explores the predicting variables of depression which are mindfulness, self-compassion and psychological flexibility. This quantitative correlational research involved 226 university students from Management and Science University, Shah Alam (163 females and 63 males, aged 18 to 29). Mindfulness, self-compassion and psychological flexibility were significantly correlated with depression. Regression analyses revealed that psychological flexibility was the strongest predictor of depression. The finding of this research can help university management, students and youth in general to prepare the support system to help them face the challenges and ability to maintain a healthy mental state.

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