Online Mindset Training Protects Adolescents from Unhealthy Responses to Stress

dc.creatorYeager, David S.
dc.creatorBryan, Christopher J.
dc.creatorGross, James J.
dc.creatorMurray, Jared S.
dc.creatorKrettek Cobb, Danielle
dc.creatorSantos, Pedro H.F.
dc.creatorGravelding, Hannah
dc.creatorJohnson, Meghann
dc.creatorJamieson, Jeremy P.
dc.date.accessioned2022-09-19T20:25:51Z
dc.date.available2022-09-19T20:25:51Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.descriptionAdolescents today are experiencing record-high levels of stress-related anxiety and symptoms of depression. Conventional thinking portrays stress as mostly a bad thing to be avoided. But this “stress avoidance” mentality can disadvantage teenagers, as it may lead many to disengage from potentially beneficial stressors such as demanding academic coursework. PRC faculty scholars David Yeager, Christopher Bryan, and colleagues, combined and tested two existing, scientifically validated mindsets – the growth mindset and stress-can-be-enhancing mindset – into a single, coherent treatment to teach adolescents how to appraise and optimize stress. They found that teaching adolescents about the two mindsets together had synergistic effects and that together, the synergistic mindsets training helped adolescents to engage with challenges rather than avoid them, and to harness the body’s natural resources to help them succeed when the demands of challenging pursuits felt the most intense. This research demonstrates a potentially powerful, low-cost and easy-to-use tool for addressing adolescents’ stress.
dc.description.departmentPopulation Research Centeren_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/115816
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/42714
dc.publisherUniversity of Texas at Austin Population Research Centeren_US
dc.relation.ispartofPRC Research & Policy Brief Seriesen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesPRC Research & Policy Brief Series; 7(8)
dc.rights.restrictionOpenen_US
dc.subjectstressen_US
dc.subjectstress-related anxietyen_US
dc.subjectadolescentsen_US
dc.subjectonline mindset trainingen_US
dc.titleOnline Mindset Training Protects Adolescents from Unhealthy Responses to Stressen_US
dc.typeOtheren_US

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