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Mindfulness for Well-Being and Stress Management Among College Students

Todd, Anjanette (2017) Mindfulness for Well-Being and Stress Management Among College Students. Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal, 6.


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College student pressures have been steadily increasing over the years, as has the rise in the use of college counseling centers by students who report stress (American College Health Association, 2016). This paper examines mindfulness interventions employed with healthy college students to understand the impact on stress levels in study participants. The term stress, as used in this paper, refers to student self-reported, subjective experience. The review is organized into three sections: (a) mindfulness program protocols; (b) personal practice of mindfulness in instructors; and (c) measures used across studies. This review revealed some common components found among interventions that may have impacted outcomes such as: the personal practice of mindfulness of instructors, additional meditation requirement outside of group, use of an assigned textbook, timeline and accountability measure completed by participants. In addition, some mindfulness techniques that were highlighted and found to be common across studies included: mindful breathing, sitting meditation, mindful attention, body scan meditation, loving kindness meditation, guided imagery, yoga self-compassion and gratitude. Recommendations are presented for developing and evaluating future mindfulness programs for students in college settings.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal is published annually and dedicated to publishing refereed articles related to professional counseling in general and issues and counseling approaches that focus on wellness and personal adjustment. Publication priority was given to current Masters and Doctoral students from CACREP-accredited Counseling Programs with active Chi Sigma Iota Chapters Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal is the official publication of the Beta Alpha Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota at Northern Arizona University.
Keywords: college student stress; mindfulness; well-being
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Department/Unit: Journals > Counseling and Wellness Journal
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2017 18:31
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/3005

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