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Het mediërend effect van veerkracht in de relatie tussen zelfwaardering en distress en eustress

Sieveneck, S. (2017) Het mediërend effect van veerkracht in de relatie tussen zelfwaardering en distress en eustress.

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Abstract:During the last years, stress has become one of the most important problems of the society. Stress has not only influence on the development of physical and psychological diseases, it plays also an important role if it comes to things like work efficiency. But stress has not only a negative side. In the right amount and under the right conditions, stress can have a positive influence on health and performance. This positive side of stress is called eustress. Because of the great amount of influence of stress, it is important that we explore ways to reduce the negative effects of stress and raise the positive ones. The purpose of the study was to examine the relationships between self-esteem, resilience and distress and eustress. The model that was examined in this study was developed on the basis of already existing research. This model uses self-esteem as the independent variable, resilience as the mediator and distress and eustress as the two dependent variables. The study was implemented on the basis of an online survey with 70 students where the respondents had to fill in three different surveys, one that was measuring distress and eustress and respectively one for self-esteem and resilience. The participants were reached through convenience sampling. The results of the study showed that there was a negative association between self-esteem and distress and between self-esteem and eustress a positive one. Furthermore, the findings suggested a positive relationship between self-esteem and resilience. Contradictory to the expectations of the researcher, the results showed no significant relationship between resilience and distress and eustress. So, the tested mediating effect of resilience in the relationship between self-esteem and distress and eustress was not significant. This leads to the question if further research in resilience is necessary or if it can be completely replaced by self-esteem.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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