Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

Self-Compassion and Self-Efficacy Protect Emerging Adults from the Negative Influence of Daily Hassles on Life Satisfaction

Publication Date

Spring 2023


Sciences and Mathematics, College of


Psychological Science, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Abigail Heller

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation


Daily hassles are minor everyday stressors that have been shown to negatively affect life satisfaction (Tachon et. al., 2021). Self-compassion is acting towards the self the way one would towards another during difficult times (Neff, 2003). This is comprised of 3 parts: self-kindness, mindfulness, and common humanity. Self-compassion has also been linked to greater psychological well-being and life satisfaction (Mantelou & Karakasidou, 2017). Self-efficacy, an individual’s belief in their ability to complete certain tasks (Bandura, 1977), is related to self-compassion (Muris et al., 2016; Souza & Hutz, 2016), but has not been looked at yet as a moderator of daily hassles on life satisfaction. This study examined both self-compassion and self-efficacy as buffers against the negative effects of daily hassles on life satisfaction. In this study, emerging adult college students (N = 40) filled out a survey on Qualtrics that measured demographics, daily hassles, self-efficacy, self-compassion, and life satisfaction. Results indicated that daily hassles did not predict life satisfaction overall, but higher daily hassles were related to lower life satisfaction when people had low self-efficacy (b = -3.67, SE = 1.38, 95% bootstrap CI [-6.47, -0.86]) or low self-compassion (b = -2.78, SE = 1.42, 95% bootstrap CI [-5.67, 0.10]). Results suggest that both self-compassion and self-efficacy are good buffers for the relationship between daily hassles and life satisfaction.

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