Compassion, Forgiveness and Subjective Well-Being among Filipino Counseling Professionals

  • Maryfe M. Roxas
  • Adonis P. DavidEmail author
  • John Jamir Benzon R. Aruta


This study examined a research model depicting forgiveness (forgiveness of others, forgiveness of self) as a mediator in the association between compassion (compassion for others, self-compassion) and subjective well-being in a sample of 231 Filipino counseling professionals. The model was tested through path analysis using the structural equation modeling (SEM) approach. Data were collected using a self-report questionnaire administered to the participants. Results of the path analysis revealed an acceptable fit for the model. A test of indirect effects indicates that forgiveness of others mediated the association between compassion for others and subjective well-being, and between self-compassion and subjective well-being Theoretical and practical implications especially for Filipino counseling professionals are discussed.


Compassion for others Self-compassion Forgiveness of others Forgiveness of self Subjective well-being Filipino counselors 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in this study involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maryfe M. Roxas
    • 1
  • Adonis P. David
    • 1
    Email author
  • John Jamir Benzon R. Aruta
    • 2
  1. 1.Philippine Normal UniversityManilaPhilippines
  2. 2.Counseling and Educational Psychology DepartmentDe La Salle UniversityManilaPhilippines

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