International Journal of Education and Psychological Research
(Print and Online Peer Reviewed Journal)
Authors: Sherin Lee Thomas
Background: The Psychological distress of young adults is an area of increasing concern worldwide and has detrimental effect to individual and society. The main threats to young adult's mental health are the coping strategies they choose during distressing situations. Aim: The purpose of this Ex-post facto study was to assess the levels of Psychological distress and Selfcompassion and to examine the relationship between Depression, Anxiety, Stress and Self- compassion among young adults. Further, to add to the existing knowledge of mental health among Indian young adults. Material and Methods: Data was collected from 60 young adults. Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS-21; Lovibond & Lovibond, 1995) was used to assess the levels of Psychological distress and Self-compassion Scale (SCS; Neff, 2003) to quantify the degree to which people treat oneself during difficult times. Correlation analysis was used to examine the relationship between Psychological Distress and Selfcompassion. Results: Psychological Distress was found to be high among 36 young adults. Correlation analysis indicated that Depression, Anxiety and Stress was negatively correlated with Self- compassion. Conclusion and Implications: The number of young adults with high levels of Psychological distress shows the need for early prevention measures, with the development of adequate and appropriate support services for young adults.