Self-compassion, intolerance of uncertainty, fear of COVID-19, and well-being: A serial mediation investigation


PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES, vol.177, 2021 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 177
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.paid.2021.110824
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, ASSIA, PASCAL, Child Development & Adolescent Studies, EBSCO Education Source, Index Islamicus, Psycinfo, Violence & Abuse Abstracts
  • Keywords: COVID-19, Well-being, Self-compassion, Intolerance of uncertainty, Fear of COVID-19, RELIABILITY, VALIDITY, VERSION
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The present study examined the mediating role of intolerance of uncertainty and fear of COVID-19 in the relationship between self-compassion and well-being. The participants were comprised of 667 Turkish individuals (465 females and 202 males; aged between 18 and 73 years) from 75 of 81 cities in Turkey. The model was investigated using bootstrapping. The results showed that self-compassion, intolerance of uncertainty, fear of COVID-19, and well-being are significantly interrelated. Moreover, a serial mediation was found among the variables: individuals with a growth self-compassion to report lower intolerance of uncertainty, which further decreased perceived fear of COVID-19, and subsequently weakened well-being. Results are discussed in the context of COVID-19 and the well-being literature, and theoretical and practical implications were also provided.