The purpose of this research is to examine the relationship between university students's cognitive emotion regulation strategies, irrational beliefs about romantic relationships and self-compassion. The sample of the study consisted of 402 university students (297 females and 105 males) studying in 2019-2020. In order to collect data, Demographic Information Form, Cognitive Emotion Regulation Scale, Irrational Romantic Relationship Beliefs Scale and Self Compassion Scale were used. Descriptive analysis, Pearson correlation and multiple linear regression analysis were performed. As a result of the research, it was found that there was a significant relationship between cognitive emotion regulation strategies and irrational beliefs about romantic relationships and self-compassion. It was also found that there was a significant relationship between irrational beliefs about romantic relationships and self-compassion. Cognitive emotion regulation strategies predict 26.1% of irrational beliefs about romantic relationships. The sub-dimensions of cognitive emotion regulation strategies self-blame, acceptance, positive refocusing, refocus on planning, positive reappraisal, catastrophizing and other-blame predict 45.9% of self-compassion. Furthermore multiple linear regression analysis demonstrated that different thinking and extreme expectations, which are sub-dimensions of irrational beliefs about romantic relationships were % 8.6 predictors of self-compassion. The results of the study were discussed in the light of the literature.
Emotion Regulation Strategies, Beliefs, Self-Compassion