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The Effect of a Change in Stress-Mindset on Self-Esteem

Watermann, Lara (2019) The Effect of a Change in Stress-Mindset on Self-Esteem.

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Abstract:Chronic stress is a topic of growing awareness in today’s society since it has been shown to have considerable negative effects on physical and mental health. This study examines whether manipulating participants to have a more stress-enhancing mindset actually leads to having a more stress enhancing mindset and whether this has an effect on their level of self-esteem. A parallel RCT study design was conducted in the Netherlands. In total, 80 participants were included in the study. Participants were randomly assigned into an experimental and a control group. The experimental group was presented with a short text about the enhancing side of stress while the control group was presented with a short text about the Big Five personality traits. No change in mindset was found after the manipulation and no significant results were found regarding the relationship between stress mindset and level of self-esteem. For future research, it is recommended to use a manipulation in form of videos, so that the participants are prone to visual and audible material, which makes it easier to internalize the information. Furthermore, it is recommended for studying stress mindset to choose for a specific target group, which is regularly inclined to experience stress.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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