Self Compassion

Self Compassion Scale, Short Form

The Self-Compassion Scale, Short Form looks at the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors associated with 1. Self-kindness vs. self-judgement, 2. Common humanity vs. isolation, and 3. Mindfulness vs. over-identification. The first piece of each of these represents self compassion while the latter piece represents a lack of compassion.

Total number of questions


Administration method


Standardized cadence

Every week

Age range




Scoring and interpretation

Each answer is scored on a 5-point Likert scale from 1, "Almost never," to 5, "Almost always." Scores are summed and total scores range from 12 to 60. Half of the questions are reverse scored including 1, 4, 8, 9, 11, 12. In addition, there are six subscales with two questions per subscale:

Reliability and validity

Cronbach’s alpha was found to be ≥ .86. In addition, the short form correlated almost perfectly with the long form of the SCS (r ≥ .97 all samples). The subscales are a little less reliable on the short form vs. the long form because each subscale contains fewer questions. If more information about a certain subscale is needed, the long form SCS may be useful.

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