The Casual Relationship Between Attachment and Depression of Undergraduate Students: The Mediating Role of Self-Compassion

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Supitchaya Popaibul
Araya Pontanya
Chaiyun Sakulsriprasert


This study was quantitative research. The purpose of this study was to examine the casual relationship between anxiety attachment style, avoidance attachment style towards depression with self-compassion as mediator variable. The participants selected by purposive sampling method, consisted of 382 undergraduate students. The data was collected by rating questionnaires which are Attachment styles questionnaires, The Self-Compassion scale (SCS) and The Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression Scale (CES-D). The Structural Equation Model conducted by MPLUS program.

The results indicated that the casual relationship model between anxiety attachment style and avoidance attachment style towards depression with self-compassion as mediator variable after adjusting was significantly consistent with empirical data (gif.latex?\chi^{2}= .45, df = 1, gif.latex?\chi^{2}/ df = .45, RMSEA < .001 (90% C.I. .00 - .12), SRMR = .01, CFI = 1.00 and TLI = 1.01). The factors that had directly negative affected on self-compassion were anxiety and avoidance attachment styles. The factor that had directly positive affected on depression was avoidance attachment style. Self-compassion had directly negative affected on depression and significantly mediated the effects of anxiety attachment style and avoidance attachment style on depression.


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Popaibul, S., Pontanya, A., & Sakulsriprasert, C. (2022). The Casual Relationship Between Attachment and Depression of Undergraduate Students: The Mediating Role of Self-Compassion. Journal of Human Sciences, 23(3), 34–57. Retrieved from
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