Master of Science
Jia Wei Zhang
Self-compassion traits can be beneficial when coping with stressful or painful situations. However, previous research on the subject has not examined how it can specifically benefit students in an academic setting. This study investigated the effects of a self-compassion writing intervention (Neff & Germer, 2018) on academic motivation and academic stress. Recruiting students enrolled in a Midsouth university, this study asked participants to answer questions on a survey relating to their current self-compassion, perceived academic stress, academic motivation, and satisfaction with life. They were then asked to reflect on a stressful academic experience and were randomly assigned into either (1) an attention control writing group or (2) a self-compassion writing group. Participants responded to these prompts while thinking about the stressful academic experience. After they completed the prompts, they were asked to answer the same questions as they had before the writing portion. The current study did not detect any changes in self-compassion, perceived academic stress, or in academic motivation. However, future research on how self-compassion can improve the academic life of students is still needed.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest.
Goold, Aleah, "How are Students Handling College Life? A Self-Compassion Intervention on Academic Motivation and Stress" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3163.