Mindfulness, stress coping and everyday resilience among emerging youth in a university setting: a mixed methods approach
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© 2016 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Mindfulness is defined as non-judgmental awareness in the present lived experience. Researchers find that mindfulness training has benefits such as enhanced positive emotions, reduced stress and increased well-being. However, empirical research on the effectiveness of mindfulness curricula on emerging adults in educational settings is sparse. The present study takes a step towards filling this gap by examining The role of mindfulness communication in improving stress coping among young people. Specifically, this study used a mixed methods approach combining qualitative journaling with a pre-test post-test experiment to understand how a mindfulness-based communication course improves everyday resilience for first-year college students. Preliminary findings suggest that participants exposed to mindfulness communication training experience more positive emotions and report lesser perceived stress. Further research is needed to better understand the relationships among mindfulness communication, stress coping and academic buoyancy.
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