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Graduate psychology students' experience of stress: is a symptom expression modified by dispositional mindfulness, experiential avoidance, and self-attention style?
by Sherrington, Chelsea Berndl, Psy.D., Adler School of Professional Psychology, 2013, 117; 3578699
Abstract (Summary)

The current study assessed the experience of perceived stress and expressed distress in 120 graduate students in the fields of clinical and counseling psychology. The results indicated a higher than expected level of perceived stress, as well as strong links between perceived stress and affective, somatic, and social distress. Further, this study demonstrated that both mindfulness and experiential avoidance accounted for variations in psychological distress above and beyond that which was accounted for by perceived stress alone. Specifically, students who reported greater dispositional mindfulness had lower scores on a measure of psychological distress, and students who reported greater experiential avoidance had higher levels of psychological distress. Potential interventions based on improving mindfulness and reducing experiential avoidance as a means of reducing psychological distress are recommended.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Castro-Blanco, David
School: Adler School of Professional Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 75/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Clinical psychology, Higher education
Keywords: Clinical psychology training, Distress, Experimental avoidance, Graduate students, Mindfulness, Perceived stress
Publication Number: 3578699
ISBN: 978-1-303-72736-8
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