Use of a brief version of the self-compassion inventory with an international sample of people with HIV/AIDS

Jeanne K. Kemppainen, John M. Brion, Mark Leary, Dean Wantland, K. Sullivan, Kathleen Nokes, Catherine A. Bain, Puangtip Chaiphibalsarisdi, Wei Ti Chen, William L. Holzemer, Lucille Sanzero Eller, Scholastika Iipinge, Mallory O. Johnson, Carmen Portillo, Joachim Voss, Lynda Tyer-Viola, Inge B. Corless, Patrice K. Nicholas, Carol Dawson Rose, J. Craig PhillipsElizabeth Sefcik, Marta Rivero Mendez, Kenn M. Kirksey

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The objective of this study was to extend the psychometric evaluation of a brief version of the Self-Compassion Scale (SCS). A secondary analysis of data from an international sample of 1967 English-speaking persons living with HIV disease was used to examine the factor structure, and reliability of the 12-item Brief Version Self-Compassion Inventory (BVSCI). A Maximum Likelihood factor analysis and Oblimin with Kaiser Normalization confirmed a two-factor solution, accounting for 42.58% of the variance. The BVSCI supported acceptable internal consistencies, with 0.714 for the total scale and 0.822 for Factor I and 0.774 for Factor II. Factor I (lower self-compassion) demonstrated strongly positive correlations with measures of anxiety and depression, while Factor II (high self-compassion) was inversely correlated with the measures. No significant differences were found in the BVSCI scores for gender, age, or having children. Levels of self-compassion were significantly higher in persons with HIV disease and other physical and psychological health conditions. The scale shows promise for the assessment of self-compassion in persons with HIV without taxing participants, and may prove essential in investigating future research aimed at examining correlates of self-compassion, as well as providing data for tailoring self-compassion interventions for persons with HIV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1513-1519
Number of pages7
JournalAIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV
Issue number12
StatePublished - May 7 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


  • Brief Version Self-Compassion Inventory
  • HIV
  • factor analysis
  • psychometrics


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