Mindfulness Awareness Scale And Perceived Stress

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Here at Keiser University, colleagues and I are conducting a research project for a Research Methods class on the correlation if any of Mindfulness Awareness Scale and Perceived Stress. Each take about ten to fifteen minutes to complete given simple easy to grasp items relaying to life events and feelings. The MAAS measured to asses mindfulness in adults, while the PSS measures the degree to which situations in ones life are appraised as stressful. Both positive and negative affects have been found within using each scale. While both scales are commonly used in the community with a strong reliability to researchers. Mindfulness Awareness To be aware of one’s own thoughts and actions in present moment is known as being “mindfully aware”. Many research studies have been documented up to date, while majority of the studies are taken from adults. Positive research results have come back to researchers at the University of British Columbia. According to The Department of Education and Counseling Psychology indicators of self-well-being, self-regulation, and positive affect have been noted upon research (n.a). These researches have also acquired negative indicators as well including maladjustment, i.e. depression, anxiety followed by stress. The Mindful Attention Awareness Scale(MAAS) is a measure designed to asses mindfulness in adults. This measure was designed by a guy named Jon Kabat-Zinn, he explains it as an approach to life based on the understanding that “the present is the only time that any of us have to be alive – to know anything- to perceive – to act – to change – to heal”(JKZ 1990). A modified version of the Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale was made to measure various dimensions of well-being such as positive and ... ... middle of paper ... ... the appraisal process between objective stressors and illness. By measuring the experienced level of stress can be looked at as an outcome variable involving coping process, personality factors, etc. It has been noted in the article A Global Measure of Perceived Stress that several researchers have modified life event scales to measure the amount of perceived stress on an individual. Based on a specific list of events include a small amount of insensitivity to chronic stress from ongoing life circumstances within close friends and family, etc. Sometimes one misinterprets their feeling of stress to a certain source when it is actually due to a different source (Gochman, 1979; Keating 1979; Worchel and Teddlie, 1976). The predicted validity of the PSS scale is high due to levels of appraised stress influenced by daily hassles, changes in coping, and major events.
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