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Kristin Neff is an associate professor in the University of Texas at Austin's department of educational psychology.[1] She created the Self-compassion Scales.[2] The long scale consists of 26 items and the short scale consists of 12 items.[2][3] She has been credited with conducting the first academic studies into self-compassion.[4]


  1. ^ "Kristin Neff". University of Texas. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b Neff, K. D. (2003a). "The development and validation of a scale to measure self-compassion". Self and Identity 2(3): 223–250.
  3. ^ Raes, F., Pommier, E., Neff, K. D. and Van Gucht, D. (2011), Construction and factorial validation of a short form of the Self-Compassion Scale. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 18: 250–255.
  4. ^ Dembling, Sophia (15 June 2015). "Feel better about yourself: Understanding the power of self-compassion". Dallas News. Retrieved 6 August 2015.