New articles that should be read by those interested in using the SCS in research.
Neff, K. D., Whittakar, T. & Karl, A. (2017). Evaluating the factor structure of the Self-Compassion Scale in four distinct populations: Is the use of a total self-compassion score justified? Journal of Personality Assessment.
Neff, K. D. (2016). Does Self-Compassion Entail Reduced Self-Judgment, Isolation, and Over-Identification? A Response to Muris, Otgaar, and Petrocchi (2016). Mindfulness. Advance online publication. DOI 10.1007/s12671-016-0531-y
Self-Compassion Scale (SCS)
Please feel free to use the Self-Compassion Scale (SCS) for research or any other use (26 items). Masters and dissertation students also have my permission to use and publish the Self Compassion Scale in their theses. The SCS is appropriate for ages 14 and up (as long as individuals have at lease an 8th grade reading level). Anyone interested in publishing a translation of the scale should reference recommendations made in Neff (2016).
Neff, K. D. (2003). Development and validation of a scale to measure self-compassion. Self and Identity, 2, 223-250.
Self-Compassion Scale – Short Form (SCS-SF)
Please feel free to use the Self-Compassion Scale – Short Form (SCS-SF) in your research (12 items instead of 26 items). The short scale has a near-perfect correlation with the long scale when examining total scores. We do not recommend using the short form if you are interested in subscale scores, since they’re less reliable with the short form.
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
Compassion For Others Scale
Please feel free to use the Compassion for Others scale in your research (excluding the use of scale items for incorporation into other measures of compassion). Note that we are currently writing up a scale validation paper.