Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Clinical Psychology

First Advisor

Sarah Hayes-Skelton

Second Advisor

Rhiana Wegner

Third Advisor

Tracey Rogers


Research on self-compassion has consistently demonstrated positive impacts on an individual’s intra- and interpersonal functioning. Research of interpersonal functioning has converged on the construct of perceived partner responsiveness (PPR) as an important predictor of relational well-being, though its relation to self-compassion remains underexplored. Examining the relations, including causal relations, between self-compassion and PPR could highlight how self-compassion impacts individual relationships, such as roommates. This study investigated how self-compassion at baseline and after a self-compassion intervention related to PPR. Participants in roommate relationships (n = 19) were recruited and completed all components of the study. Recruitment limitations precluded a thorough investigation of how self-compassion impacts PPR given that I could not recruit participant dyads as intended, while results generally indicated a lack of statistical significance in relations between self-compassion and PPR. Notably, analyses were significantly underpowered. Interpretations and implications of the results are discussed in light of the moderate to large effect sizes for the relations between self-compassion and PPR. Further exploration of the relations between self-compassion and PPR could highlight the importance of building self-compassion for promoting both intra- and interpersonal functioning.


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