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Coping as the mediator between stress mindset and anxiety : a cross sectional study

Heermann, Julia Raquel (2019) Coping as the mediator between stress mindset and anxiety : a cross sectional study.

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Abstract:The present study investigated the association between stress mindset, three different coping styles (problem-focused, emotion-focused and avoidance-focused coping) and anxiety among students. It was expected that coping style mediates the relationship between stress mindset and anxiety. More specifically, three hypotheses have been established. The first hypothesis is, the negative association between a stress mindset and anxiety is mediated by problem-focused coping. Second, the negative association between stress mindset and anxiety is mediated by emotion-focused coping. Third, the negative association between stress mindset and anxiety is mediated by avoidance-focused coping. A cross-sectional study (n = 104) was conducted to explore the interaction between stress mindset, coping and anxiety. The sample included mostly undergraduate students from the University of Twente in their 20s. An online questionnaire including the state-trait anxiety scale assessed the anxiety levels, the stress mindset scale evaluated the stress mindset, and coping strategies inventory assessed the dominant coping style. The present study revealed the investigated coping styles not to be significantly mediating the relation between stress mindset and anxiety. All of the three hypotheses were rejected. Nevertheless, the three coping styles were significantly correlated with anxiety. The predictor, stress mindset was not found to have a significant association with the three coping styles and anxiety. Therefore, this study emphasised the need to conduct further research in the field of stress mindset and the association with anxiety.
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/78150
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