Self-compassion among child welfare workers: An exploratory study

J. Jay Miller, Jacquelyn Lee, Kalea Benner, Nada Shalash, Sheila Barnhart, Erlene Grise-Owens

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This study employed the Self-Compassion Scale (SCS) to examine self-compassion among a group of child welfare practitioners (N = 223) in one southeastern state. The SCS includes items that ask participants to report how often they participate engage in various actions in self-compassion. Overall, data indicate that child welfare workers only moderately engage in self-compassion. Analyses revealed significant positive relationships between self-compassion and age and years in practice, respectively. Additionally, those with a Master Degree and belonging to a professional member association reported significantly higher self-compassion. Being a child welfare supervisor and professional group membership were significant predictors of self-compassion. After a brief review of relevant literature, this paper explicates findings from this study. Then, the article discusses salient practice, training, and research implications related to child welfare.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-211
Number of pages7
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
StatePublished - Jun 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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