Self-Compassion Scale – Short Form (SCS-SF)

The Self-Compassion Scale – Short Form (SCS-SF) is a 12-item self-report measure that is used by adults to measure their capacity for self-compassion – the ability to hold one’s feelings of suffering with a sense of warmth, connection and concern. 


Raes, F., Pommier, E., Neff,K. D., & Van Gucht, D. (2011). Construction and factorial validation of a short form of the Self-Compassion Scale. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy. 18, 250-255.


Bratt, A., & Fagerström, C. (2020). Self-compassion in old age: confirmatory factor analysis of the 6-factor model and the internal consistency of the Self-compassion scale-short form. Aging & Mental Health, 24(4), 642–648.

Hayes, J. A., Lockard, A. J., Janis, R. A., & Locke, B. D. (2016). Construct validity of the Self-Compassion Scale-Short Form among psychotherapy clients. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 29(4), 405–422.

Kotera, Y., & Sheffield, D. (2020). Revisiting the Self-compassion Scale-Short Form: Stronger Associations with Self-inadequacy and Resilience. SN Comprehensive Clinical Medicine, 2(6), 761–769.

Raes, F. (2011). The Effect of Self-Compassion on the Development of Depression Symptoms in a Non-clinical Sample. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 2, 33–36.

Sutton, E., Schonert-Reichl, K. A., Wu, A. D., & Lawlor, M. S. (2018). Evaluating the Reliability and Validity of the Self-Compassion Scale Short Form Adapted for Children Ages 8–12. Child Indicators Research, 11(4), 1217–1236.