Mindfulness: a meditator of interpersonal style in predicting academic achievement

Osmachenko, Aaron (2013) Mindfulness: a meditator of interpersonal style in predicting academic achievement. In: Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association Inc Conference(ANZSSA 2013): Innovation in Changing Times, 3-6 Dec 2013, Wellington, New Zealand.

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Abstract

The transition to university not only requires academic
learning, but there are also a range of social skills that
are required for adaptation to tertiary level education.
The current research identified interpersonal style
and mindfulness as frameworks and theoretical perspectives to address first-year university students' adjustment to their new milieu. This quanitative research examined the relationship between students' attachment styles, mindfulness and academic adjustment using self-report measures with students who identified as being in their first-year of university.
The methodology used to examine these relationships was a demographic-matched design, with groups of self-identified mediators and non-mediators. The results indicated that in a meditative sample of first year university students who scored higher in insecure attachment style, their results negatively predicted academic adjustment, and this was partially mediated by higher scores in mindfulness. However, this was not the case for students who endorsed higher levels of avoidant attachment style. Research implications and limitations are discussed with future research suggestions, which may provide the impetus for further work in the area of student adjustment to first year of university.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Speech)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2014 04:48
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2017 23:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: first year students; academic adjustment; mindfulness; attachment theory
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25271

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