Mindfulness, self-compassion, resiliency and wellbeing in higher education: a recipe to increase academic performance

Egan, Helen and O’Hara, Mark and Cook, Amy and Mantzios, Michail (2021) Mindfulness, self-compassion, resiliency and wellbeing in higher education: a recipe to increase academic performance. Journal of Further and Higher Education. ISSN 1469-9486

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Universities are facing a difficult challenge in supporting good mental health whilst striving to enhance academic performance. The present study aimed to specifically investigate the relationship between attitudinal and personality constructs that are associated with wellbeing and to explore their association with student academic outcomes. Two-hundred and six undergraduate students were recruited and were given questionnaires measuring mindfulness, self-compassion, resiliency, procrastination, consideration of future consequences, self-criticism and social comparison. At the end of the academic year, the researchers accessed their academic records and documented their academic performance. Results indicated that there are strong, clear associations between better academic performance and higher resiliency, mindfulness, self-compassion and consideration of future consequences, and negative associations to procrastination. We concluded that there is a clear gain to be had in academic performance through enhancing these elements using appropriate interventions which are user friendly, affordable and can be embedded into existing student learning and support to reinforce adaptive coping and life skills.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From Crossref journal articles via Jisc Publications Router ** History: epub 14-04-2021; issued 14-04-2021.
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877x.2021.1912306
29 March 2021Accepted
14 April 2021Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mindfulness, self-compassion, self-criticism, resiliency, higher education, student performance
Subjects: CAH04 - psychology > CAH04-01 - psychology > CAH04-01-01 - psychology (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
SWORD Depositor: JISC PubRouter
Depositing User: JISC PubRouter
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2021 10:13
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2022 03:00
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11561

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