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The Changeability of the Stress Mindset and its Relation to Mental Well-being: A randomized controlled trial

Brand, H. (2019) The Changeability of the Stress Mindset and its Relation to Mental Well-being: A randomized controlled trial.

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Abstract:Background: The current study aimed at investigating whether a stress mindset can be changed to the more optimistic view of the stress-is-enhancing mindset. Moreover, it was tested whether the mental well-being of a person may increase consequentially. Methods: A randomized controlled trial was conducted in which participants were randomly assigned to either a stress-mindset condition (n = 52) or a control condition (n = 52). The stress mindset condition included an informative text about the beneficial aspects of stress. Participants were measured on the MHC-SF and the Stress Mindset Measure at baseline and posttest. Results: There was a marginally significant p = .078 change in participants stress mindset in the experimental condition towards a stress-is-enhancing mindset. The results did not demonstrate the hypothesized mediating effect of the change to a stress-is-enhancing mindset between the condition on change in well-being, p = .358. Limitations: The study did not investigate the long-term effects of the manipulation as the posttest was directly administered after the intervention. Conclusion: An informative text can be an effective intervention to change a person's mindset to a more optimistic view. However, more research is needed in order to clarify the influence of mindset change on mental well-being.
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/78321
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