Mindfulness can assist FYHE students with academic adjustment

Osmachenko, Aaron and Littler, Susan (2014) Mindfulness can assist FYHE students with academic adjustment. In: 17th International First Year in Higher Education Conference (FYHE 2014), 6-9 Jul 2014, Darwin, Australia.

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Abstract

Interpersonal style and mindfulness were chosen as frameworks and theoretical perspectives to address first year university students' adjustment to their new milieu. The sample consisted of 362 first year of university students. The quantitative methodology used to examine the relationships between the variables was a demographic-matched design, with groups of self-identified meditators and non-meditators: Mindfulness as a skill and a personality trait respectively. Results indicated that students who scored higher in insecure attachment style, their results negatively predicted academic adjustment, and this relationship was partially mediated by higher scores in mindfulness skills. Interestingly, students who scored higher in anxious attachment style, their results negatively predicted academic adjustment, and this was partially mediated by higher scores in mindfulness as a personality trait. However, this was not the case for students who endorsed higher levels of avoidant attachment style. This research provides evidence for mindfulness based interventions targeting first year university students.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Retained by author/s. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology, Counselling and Community
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2014 06:19
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2017 04:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: interpersonal style; mindfulness; FYHE students; academic adjustment
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1799 Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26211

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