Vakgroep Psychologie, Gezondheid & Technologie

Changing stress mindsets


BA assignment

Internal or external? Internal                                                                                                

How many students possible? 4

Own data collection: Yes

Type of research: quantitative empirical

EC: 15       




Stress is in the eye of the beholder. Whether someone experience a situation as distressing might be influenced by their stress mindset. Stress mindset is conceptualized as the extent to which an individual holds the mindset that stress has enhancing consequences for various stress-related outcomes (referred to as a “stress-is-enhancing mindset”) or holds the mindset that stress has debilitating consequences for outcomes such as performance and productivity, health and well-being, and learning and growth (referred to as a “stress-is-debilitating mindset”). There is growing evidence that mindset shapes the stress response, and stress mindset is related to perceived health and life satisfaction (Crum et al., 2013).


For this assignment you will examine whether it is possible to change stress mindset using videos or vignettes. You will examine the effect of changes in stress mindsets on distress, the negative stress response, and eustress, the positive stress response, and mental health symptoms such as depressive symptoms and anxiety symptoms. If changes in stress mindsets are related to mental health, interventions aimed at increasing mental health might benefit from changing stress mindsets.


Who are we looking for?

Enthusiastic students who are willing to explore this new area of research and are capable of doing quantitative data analysis.


Supervisors: dr. Mirjam Radstaak