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The Role of Loneliness and Self-Compassion as Predictors of Depressive Symptoms in College Students

Roselli Kezia Ausie  -  Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
*Kristi Poerwandari  -  Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
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High prevalence of depressive symptoms was found in college students. Loneliness, as one common problem in
college students, is assumed to have a role in the development of depressive symptoms. Earlier research found
self-compassion to be associated with better mental health. It is necessary to examine how loneliness and self-
compassion play a role in the presence of depressive symptoms in college students. A total of 401 college students
in the Jabodetabek area were involved in this research by completing online measurement instruments consisting
of demographic questionnaire, 6-Item De Jong Gierveld Loneliness Scale, Self-Compassion Scale – Short Form,
and Patient Health Questionnaire - 9. Data were analyzed using multiple regression analysis. Results showed that
loneliness had a significant role in predicting the increase in depressive symptoms, b = .374; t(392) = 7.68, p <
.01, while self-compassion was able to predict the reduction of depressive symptoms in college students, b = -
.353; t(392) = -7.15, p < .01. This study illustrates the importance of considering the quality of relationships and
developing self-compassion as an effort to reduce depression symptoms in college student

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Keywords: loneliness; self-compassion; depressive symptoms; college students

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