Bullying Victimization, Self-compassion, and Depressive Mood as Predictors for Resilience in Thai Junior High School Students

Abstract

Past empirical findings suggested the significance of resilience in adolescents. Those with a higher level of resilience coped better when encountering negative life events and were less vulnerable to mental health problems. Hence, this study aimed to identify psychological variables associated with and predictive of resilience in Thai adolescents. These variables were divided into those relevant to the adolescents' internal (i.e., self-compassion and depressive mood) and external (i.e., bullying victimization) factors. A total of 130 Thai junior high school students (i.e., Grades 7-9, Mean Age = 13.83, SD = .90; male = 31 and female = 99) from the Bangkok Metropolitan responded to a set of questionnaires. Findings revealed a significant positive correlation between self-compassion and resilience (r = .63, n = 130, p < .001) and a significant negative correlation between depressive mood and the construct (r = -.59, n = 130, p < .001). No association was found between resilience and bullying victimization (r = -.12, n = 130, p = .08). Whereas, the three study variables significantly predicted resilience, F (3, 126) = 34.62, p < .001, and explained 45.2% (RΔ2= .45) of its variance. Only the standard regression coefficients of self-compassion (β = .42, p < .001) and depressive mood (β = -0.35, p = .001) were statistically significant. That of bullying victimization were not (β = .13, p = .07). The current findings highlighted the significance of the internal factors in predicting resilience. Implications and therapeutic interventions for resilience enhancement were discussed.



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Anchidtha Bowornkittikun, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Kullaya Pisitsungkagarn, Chulalongkorn Univerisity, Thailand
Somboon Jarukasemthawee, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

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Conference: ACP2021
Stream: Mental Health

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