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Danielle Pinelli, Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Professor Kimberly Kamper-DeMarco, Psychology
Stress and anxiety are known to be linked to a number of physical health problems, including the onset of some cardiovascular diseases and autoimmune diseases. College students comprise a population that is highly vulnerable to stressors and higher rates of anxiety, making generalized anxiety disorder one of the most prevalent psychiatric disorders identified on college campuses. The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of a brief mindfulness meditation session on college students’ stress and anxiety levels. State anxiety were assessed using the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), perceived stress was assessed using the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), mindfulness was assessed using the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire, and the meditation experience is assessed using the Experiences During Meditation (EOM-DM) subscale of the Effects of Meditation (EOM) scale. All scales are completed online, both before and after the video-guided meditation session occurs. Given the current literature on the effects of mindfulness meditation on anxiety and stress reduction, it is hypothesized that a brief mindfulness meditation session will successfully reduce stress, reduce anxiety, and increase mindfulness among college students.
Pinelli, Danielle, "Mindfulness Meditation as a Stress and Anxiety Reduction Technique for College Students" (2020). Psychology and Social Sciences. 22nd Annual Student Research and Creativity Conference. SUNY Buffalo State.