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.
|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|
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