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The mediating role of coping self-efficacy on the relationship between strengths use and well-being among higher education students

Schneider, L.S. (2020) The mediating role of coping self-efficacy on the relationship between strengths use and well-being among higher education students.

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Abstract:The mental health and well-being of higher education students is of concern to academics and psychologists worldwide due to the impact on student learning and academic attainment. In particular, academic-related stresses have been found to be indicative of lower well-being in higher education students. An essential factor in coping with academic-related stresses is the students’ coping self-efficacy, that is their confidence in the ability to cope with stresses. Previous research has led to the expectation that strengths use is in relation to both coping self-efficacy and well-being. Furthermore, coping self-efficacy is expected to predict well-being, upon which, the current study hypothesised that coping self-efficacy mediates the relationship between strengths use and well-being among higher education students. Using the online platform Qualtrics, a survey was devised based on the three constructs of strengths use, coping self-efficacy and well-being. A convenience sample of higher education students was recruited (N = 88) and a mediation analysis was performed. The results revealed positive and significant relations between strengths use and well-being, strengths use and coping self-efficacy and coping self-efficacy and well-being. Furthermore, in line with the expectations prior to the study, results showed that coping self-efficacy mediated the relationship between strengths use and well-being among higher education students. Results were in line with literature that has explored the impact of coping self-efficacy on well-being and has substantiated these relations for higher education students. The results attribute to previous research on strengths use as well as being the first as of current knowledge to have explored the impact of coping self-efficacy in relation to strengths use and well-being among higher education students. Findings of the study have stressed the importance of enabling students to use their strengths in order to strengthen their coping self-efficacy and in turn their well-being. The obtained knowledge should be embedded into current and newly designed strengths-based interventions to ensure well-being of students in the academic setting.
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/81734
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