Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 56, Issue 4, pp 421–428 | Cite as

The Development of the Santa Clara Brief Compassion Scale: An Abbreviation of Sprecher and Fehr’s Compassionate Love Scale

  • Jeong Yeon Hwang
  • Thomas PlanteEmail author
  • Katy Lackey


This purpose of this study is to develop a brief version of Sprecher and Fehr’s Compassionate Love Scale (2005). This was accomplished by administering the 21-item scale to college student participants and subsequently selecting five items for a brief version. The five items were selected based on the evaluation of high correlation coefficients between individual item responses and the overall total 21 questions from the original scale, the results of factor analysis, and items that had moderate means and high standard deviations. The correlation between the original and brief version is 0.96, while the internal reliability of the brief version, using Cronbach’s alpha, is 0.90.


Assessment Compassion Compassionate love scale 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentSanta Clara UniversitySanta ClaraUSA

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