A New Compassion Scale for Children and Its Psychometric Properties

Nas E., Sak R.

CHILD PSYCHIATRY & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, vol.52, no.3, pp.477-487, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 52 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10578-020-01034-0
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus, Academic Search Premier, ASSIA, PASCAL, BIOSIS, Child Development & Adolescent Studies, CINAHL, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, Educational research abstracts (ERA), EMBASE, Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts, MEDLINE, Psycinfo, Violence & Abuse Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.477-487
  • Keywords: Compassion, Validity, Reliability, Explanatory factor analysis, Confirmatory factor analysis, Young adults, SELF-COMPASSION, SOCIAL SUPPORT, NUMBER, COMPONENTS, ENGAGEMENT, PREVENTION, STUDENTS, VIOLENCE, STRESS, OTHERS


Based on a quantitative study of 756 children aged 12 to 18, this paper proposes a Compassion Scale for children. Following explanatory and confirmatory factor analysis, the final instrument consisted of 20 items grouped into three dimensions. Its three-factor structure explained 51.84% of the observed variance in the subjects' compassion. The internal consistency coefficient of the Compassion Scale was .89 and the split-half reliability coefficient was .75. As a result of the analysis, it was determined that Compassion Scale is a valid and reliable measurement tool that will be able to use to determine the level of compassion of children between the ages of 12 and 18-year-olds.