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The relation between unfinished tasks, rumination and perceived stress among university students

Schmeer, Sarah (2019) The relation between unfinished tasks, rumination and perceived stress among university students.

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Abstract:Negative health effects can arise when employees are not able to unwind from job demands during their leisure time. Therefore, recovery seems to be an important factor to be able to refill one’s personal resources that might get depleted from stressors at work. Unfinished tasks have shown to be one important stressor for employees. As previous research was only directed to the work context, the goal of the current study was to find out if unfinished tasks might also be a stressor for students in the university context. As rumination has shown to be an important factor related to a higher perceived stress level, it was researched if it mediates or moderates the potential relation between unfinished tasks and perceived stress. An online questionnaire was administered to measure university students’ (perception of) unfinished tasks, their level of perceived stress, and their level of state and trait rumination. Results showed that unfinished tasks and perceived stress are not only related in the work context, but also in the study context. Additionally, trait rumination partially explained this relationship. However, conclusions could not be drawn about the role of state rumination, as the self-developed questionnaire showed not to be valid.
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/78625
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