Changes in Test Anxiety amongst University Students after undergoing the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-based Intervention “Geluk en zo”

Massumi, A.. (2017) Changes in Test Anxiety amongst University Students after undergoing the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-based Intervention “Geluk en zo”.

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Abstract:The current study examined whether participants underwent changes in levels of test anxiety, anxiety, and subjective well-being after participating in the Accptance and Commitment Therapy-based (ACT) intervention “Geluk en zo”. ACT is based on the psychological flexibility model and makes use of acceptance, mindfulness, and activation methods to change the impact of maladaptive thoughts and behaviors. Eighteen students from the University of Twente took part in the 2-weeks long paper pen version of this intervention. They underwent 10 exercises where they 1) determined valuable thoughts, behaviors, and/or feelings they wanted to achieve, 2) monitored their activities three times a day for 10 – 11 days, and 3) evaluated their findings. The results indicated that their anxiety, test anxiety, and subjective well-being levels did not change significantly in the posttest, though their anxiety and test anxiety levels decreased into the hypothesized direction. The research showed that levels of anxiety and test anxiety could change if the intervention is intensive enough and if participants have higher-than average levels of test anxiety and anxiety, as a ceiling effect could be inferred for normal and lower levels. Further research has to be done on levels of subjective well-being, as a ceiling effect might have also been present regarding the averagely levels of subjective well-being compared to the norm group of peers.
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/72893
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