We examined the role of self-compassion in freshmen students' goal pursuit and well-being across the first year of university. Multilevel analyses of 1 week of daily diary assessment revealed that individuals high in self-compassion appeared to be less vulnerable to the affective consequences of thwarted goal progress. We also found that trait self-compassion moderated the relation of autonomous goal motivation to negative affect, such that autonomous motivation was especially related to low negative affect for students high in self-compassion. Longitudinally, we found that self-compassion was associated with positive changes in life satisfaction, identity development, and decreases in negative affectivity over the academic year. In summary, we suggest that self-compassion is an adaptive trait for new college students.

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Keywords Human motivation, Self-compassion, Self-determination theory, Subjective well-being
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/15298868.2014.889032
Journal Self and Identity
Hope, N. (Nora), Koestner, R. (Richard), & Milyavskaya, M. (2014). The Role of Self-Compassion in Goal Pursuit and Well-Being Among University Freshmen. Self and Identity, 13(5), 579–593. doi:10.1080/15298868.2014.889032