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Exploring the relationship between student’s personal epistemology and their conception of mental health qualitatively

Wösten, T. (2011) Exploring the relationship between student’s personal epistemology and their conception of mental health qualitatively.

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Abstract:This study explores the relationship between student’s personal epistemology and their conceptions of mental health qualitatively. To systematically assess student’s personal epistemology, the developmental model of Hamer and van Rossum (2010) is used. To form indications of possible conceptualizations o f mental health, the view on mental health occupied by the DSM is discussed. Moreover, the view on mental health expressed by the two continua model of mental health and illness is discussed. After a theoretical link between personal epistemology and the conception of mental health is established, the study poses the following hypothesis: “Student with low levels of learning conceptions occupy the conception of mental health by the DSM, whereas students with high levels of learning conception occupy a conception of mental health according to the two continua model of mental health and illness. Data was gathered by asking students to write essays on their conception of mental health as well as their personal epistemology. The data was analyzed using the methodology of phenomenography. After categorizing the participants into either of four groups, Fisher’s exact test was employed. The hypothesis was not confirmed by the results of the analysis, Z = 1.74, p = 0.102 (one-tailed). Though statistical significance was not reached, certain trends in accordance to the hypothesis were revealed
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/61343
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