Effect of Self-Compassion on the Marital Adjustment of Pakistani Adults

  • Sonia Bibi Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad
  • Dr. Sobia Masood Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad
  • Mustanir Ahmad Hazara University, Mansehra
  • Sana Bukhari Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad
Keywords: Self-Compassion, Adjustment, Married individuals


The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between self-compassion and adjustment among married individuals. Sample comprised of 263 married individuals (130 women, 133 men), living in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, with an age range from 20 to 60 years (M = 79.43, SD = 10.36). Purposive and convenience sampling technique was employed for data collection. Self-Compassion was measured by using the Urdu version of Self-Compassion Scale (Imtiaz, 2010), and Dyadic Adjustment was measured using Urdu version of Dyadic Adjustment Scale (Naseer, 2000). Results of the study showed that there was a significant positive relationship between self-compassion and marital adjustment. It was also found that self-kindness, self-judgment, and over-identification were the significant predictors for marital adjustment. Men and women did not show any significant differences in self-compassion and marital adjustment. Duration of marriage was found to be positively related with Self-Compassion. It was also found that, individuals having masters or above qualification reported more isolation as compared to individuals with lower education. Results showed that people with arranged marriages reported more self-kindness as compared to those with love marriages. The implication of this study in counseling and domestic settings are discussed.


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