The effects of self-care practices on perceived stress of school psychology graduate students

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Nicole Zelhofer (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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Lori Unruh

Abstract: The perceived stress levels of psychology graduate students across the nation is greatly increasing. Stress can lead to many mental health disorders in students, along with a lack of enthusiasm and meaning in one’s work, impairment in ethical decision making, lack of compassion for clients, burnout, and neglecting one’s physical health. A majority of the research regarding perceived stress and psychology graduate students include clinical and counseling psychology, yet school psychology graduate students share the same responsibilities and roles. School psychology graduate students balance rigorous coursework, graduate assistantships, supervising meetings for their training, research, and additional service opportunities with life outside of graduate school. A stress reduction technique commonly researched with graduate students is self-care, the process of actively initiating a method to promote holistic well-being. According to the participant’s responses, self-care practices do not have an effect on school psychology graduate students’ levels of stress. However, the graduate students noted that program expectations, such as time limitations and an excessive workload, are their largest stressors and physical and emotional self-care practices are utilized the most amongst the participants.

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Language: English
Date: 2020
Graduate students -- Stress management
Self-care, Health
Graduate students -- mental health
School psychologists -- Graduate students

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