Date of Award

Fall 12-16-2021

Document Type

Capstone Paper

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Counselor Education

First Advisor

Mary Fawcett

City

Winona

Abstract

Stress in college students can transpire from academic struggles, social dilemmas, responsibility increases, financial struggles, health concerns, and other personal struggles. Unmanaged stress is a well-documented issue among college students that can lead to numerous mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual problems. Discrimination and racism are additional struggles faced by cultural minority college students that are accompanied with negative coping styles. College students use a variety of coping strategies to resolve stress, often applying dysfunctional coping styles that do not resolve the issue long term. Mindfulness is an emotion-focusing coping style with evidence for effective anxiety and stress reduction through mindfulness-based interventions such as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). Research has demonstrated mindfulness’ success in stress reduction and improvement in overall wellness and have also been demonstrated in cultural minority communities. The present literature review aims to examine mindfulness effectiveness on college students’ stress reduction. The facilitation of positive coping skills through mindfulness is examined.

Key words: mindfulness, mindfulness stress-reduction, stress, anxiety, coping, college students

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