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The Influence of Age on the Change in Stress-Mindset: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial

Kebernik, M. (2019) The Influence of Age on the Change in Stress-Mindset: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial.

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Abstract:This study examined whether reading about positive aspects of stress can alter a person’s stress-mindset and if age has a moderating effect on this relationship. This study features a randomized controlled trial (RCT) with two groups and three timepoints. In total, 88 participants completed the baseline and post-test and 78 participants completed the follow-up. The independent t-test showed a significantly larger shift towards a stress-is-enhancing-mindset in the intervention group compared to the control group at post-test. At follow-up, this difference between the groups disappeared. The moderation analysis showed no significant moderation effect of age on the relationship between condition and shift in stress-mindset, neither for the post-test nor for the follow-up. Stress-mindsets can be changed directly after the intervention, while age does not moderate this change. Future research should be dedicated to investigating how to yield long-term change in stress-mindset and which variables moderate this change. Psychologists should be educated about current findings about stress-mindset to know where research is needed and what can be done so far to influence people’s stress-mindsets positively.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78440
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