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Exploration of the Relationship between Unfinished Tasks and Perceived Distress in Students: Do Personal Resources Play a Role?

Quante, K. (2019) Exploration of the Relationship between Unfinished Tasks and Perceived Distress in Students: Do Personal Resources Play a Role?

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Abstract:Distress is a common problem among students leading to high societal and individual costs both financially and psychologically. However, the relationship between unfinished tasks and perceived distress has not yet been taken sufficiently into account. Therefore, the current research explores this circumstance. As personal resources aid people to deal with distress, self-efficacy and conscientiousness as personal resources were examined for their mediating or moderating role on the main relationship. A cross-sectional correlational survey design was used and administered among a sample of 129 students. Unfinished tasks and perceived distress were moderately strong correlated with each other. Thus, unfinished tasks can be regarded as a stressor among students. Self-efficacy partially mediated the relationship between unfinished tasks and perceived distress. Conscientiousness did neither act as a mediator nor as a moderator. However, when relations with conscientiousness were considered separately, both unfinished tasks and perceived distress were significantly and moderately associated with conscientiousness. Hence, it might be the case that people higher in conscientiousness naturally have fewer unfinished tasks. Overall, the current study shed light on a relatively unexplored field of research. With unfinished tasks, a crucial stressor has been found. In combination with personal resources, future investigations may help students to lower their perceived distress.
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/78422
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