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Mindset matters, but can it be changed? - A Randomized Trial

Danaci, S.D. (2020) Mindset matters, but can it be changed? - A Randomized Trial.

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Abstract:The present study aimed to investigate if a stress mindset can be positively changed after watching a video about the enhancing effects of stress and if this change is moderated by levels of trait anxiety. A randomized controlled trial was conducted among 136 German-speaking participants based on convenience sampling. Data were collected at baseline, directly after the intervention, and one week following the intervention, using online questionnaires. Repeated-measures analysis of variance (ANOVA) revealed that the change in stress mindset over time was significantly different for both conditions (F (2, 97) =14.61, p<.001, n^2=.23, indicating that the positive change in stress mindset over time was effective in the experimental group. Furthermore, the effect of the intervention on stress mindset was not moderated by levels of trait anxiety (ß= -.14, s.e =.29, p= .535, 95% CI [-.62; .54]). The intervention can be effectively changed with additional courses and materials to examine if an enduring change in stress mindset can be achieved. Furthermore, concepts that might moderate the effectiveness of the intervention should be examined to explore the need for tailored interventions in the future.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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