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Compassion for others, self-compassion, quality of life and mental well-being measures and their association with compassion fatigue and burnout in student midwives: A quantitative survey

Beaumont, Elaine; Durkin, Mark; Hollins Martin, Caroline J; Carson, Jerome


Elaine Beaumont

Mark Durkin

Jerome Carson



compassion fatigue and burnout can impact on the performance of midwives, with this quantitative paper exploring the relationship between self-compassion, burnout, compassion fatigue, self-judgement, self-kindness, compassion for others, professional quality of life and well-being of student midwives.


a quantitative survey measured relationships using questionnaires: (1) Professional Quality of Life Scale; (2) Self-Compassion Scale; (3) Short Warwick and Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale; (4) Compassion For Others Scale.


a purposive and convenience sample of student midwives (n=103) studying at university participated in the study.


just over half of the sample reported above average scores for burnout. The results indicate that student midwives who report higher scores on the self-judgement sub-scale are less compassionate towards both themselves and others, have reduced well-being, and report greater burnout and compassion fatigue. Student midwives who report high on measures of self-compassion and well-being report less compassion fatigue and burnout.


student midwives may find benefit from ‘being kinder to self’ in times of suffering, which could potentially help them to prepare for the emotional demands of practice and study.


developing, creating and cultivating environments that foster compassionate care for self and others may play a significant role in helping midwives face the rigours of education and clinical practice during their degree programme

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 1, 2015
Online Publication Date Nov 6, 2015
Publication Date 2016-03
Deposit Date Feb 16, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 7, 2016
Journal Midwifery
Print ISSN 0266-6138
Electronic ISSN 1532-3099
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Pages 239-244
Keywords Burnout; Compassion fatigue; Student midwives; Self-compassion; Well-being; Self-judgement;
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Contract Date Feb 16, 2016


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