Self-Compassion as a Predictor of Self-Care: A Study of Social Work Clinicians

J. Jay Miller, Jacquelyn Lee, Chunling Niu, Erlene Grise-Owens, Molly Bode

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Despite the promise of self-care in dealing with employee challenges, there is nominal research related to this topic, in general, and among the clinical social work workforce, specifically. This exploratory study examines self-compassion, self-care, and the predictive relationship between the two among a sample (N = 831) of clinical social workers practicing in one southeastern state. In so doing, this paper uniquely addresses several limitations in the current literature. Findings suggest that social work clinicians in this sample engaged in moderate amounts of self-compassion and self-care, respectively. As well, self-compassion proved to be a unique and significant predictor of both personal and professional self-care, respectively. Findings from this study suggest the need to more deftly support clinicians in engaging in self-compassion and self-care, which includes ongoing training, education, and skill development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-331
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Social Work Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019


  • Clinical
  • Clinicians
  • Self-care
  • Self-compassion
  • Social workers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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