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Evaluating the REP-S brief resilience intervention for students in higher education: A multi-study mixed-methods programme of research

Evaluating the REP-S brief resilience intervention for students in higher education: A multi-study mixed-methods programme of research

Robinson, Oliver ORCID: 0000-0002-6758-2223, Sebah, Ilham, McNay, Ian ORCID: 0000-0002-6096-4640, Field, Jenny, Wragg, Jane, Stevenson, Mandy and Newton, Paul ORCID: 0000-0002-8525-6763 (2021) Evaluating the REP-S brief resilience intervention for students in higher education: A multi-study mixed-methods programme of research. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling. ISSN 0306-9885 (Print), 1469-3534 (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2021.1888372)

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Abstract

There is currently an unmet need in higher education for a structured, pre-emptive programme of support to help students enhance their capacity to respond resiliently to stress. Resilience is a complex biopsychosocial construct that subsumes a number of processes and capacities for adapting to stressful events in ways that facilitate continued optimal functioning. This article presents a mixed-methods evaluation of a transferable biopsychosocial resilience intervention for students - the Resilience Enhancement Programme for Students (REP-S). In Study 1, a randomised control trial showed that, in a sample of 65 students (36 intervention group, 25 control group), participating in the intervention was associated with significantly decreased perceived stress (p=.002), decreased trait neuroticism (p=.011) and enhanced self-esteem (p=.010) over a period of one month. In Study 2, written qualitative data from 145 students and focus group data from 20 students provided evidence that the intervention led to perceived positive changes, including reports of sleeping better, dealing effectively with assessments and managing interpersonal challenges. Future steps in the delivery and evaluation of the REP-S are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Resilience, intervention, mixed-methods, higher education, students, stress
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Mental Health
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2021 10:27
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/31406

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