This week, we are delighted to have Magdalena Mosanya for our Wednesday research seminar. She will present her research on “Buffering academic stress during the COVID-19 pandemic related social isolation: Grit and growth mindset as protective factors against the impact of loneliness”
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WednesdayResearch Seminar Series
We are pleased to invite you to our Wednesday Research Seminar. It will be held online on 16 December from 4pm via Microsoft team platform. Wednesday Research Seminar Series was launched in 2008 and has featured more than 285 presentations to date. The seminars provide a forum for researchers to share their work. Presenters include faculty from Middlesex University Dubai and other universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as researchers from other global institutions. Magdalena will deliver seminar on:
“Buffering academic stress during the COVID-19 pandemic related social isolation: Grit and growth mindset as protective factors against the impact of loneliness”
The pandemic of the SARS CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19 sickness, constitutes a global challenge to well-being. Positive psychology constructs of grit and growth mindset may offer a solution to this challenge as both are associated with psychological resilience. A growth mindset describes the underlying beliefs people have about the malleability of intelligence, and grit refers to dedication to long-term goals. The present study explored whether such constructs could constitute protective factors against the academic stress associated with loneliness and perceived lack of control among international students (n = 170) during social isolation, induced by COVID-19 restrictions. The results of a hierarchical multiple regression model explained 36% of the variance in academic stress with a perceived lack of control (ß = .53, p < .001) and growth mindset (ß = −.22, p < .001) being significant direct predictors. Moderation analysis explained 17% of the variance and confirmed that a level of dispositional grit moderated the detrimental influence loneliness had on academic stress. Simple slopes analysis revealed a significant effect for moderate (ß = .07, p = .01) and high (β = .16, p = .001) levels of grit. Our findings suggest that grit and growth mindset, as dynamic variables, could be taught to students as resilience-building prevention of academic stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lastly, our results have shown that parents (37%) and friends (32%) were most frequently identified by students as supporters during the COVID-19 pandemic with minimal reported support from universities (2.5%).
Ms. Magdalena Mosanya is an adjunct faculty at the Psychology Department of Middlesex University Dubai. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. program at the Polish Science Academy and holds master's degrees in Psychology, Cultural Anthropology, and International Relations. Magdalena is also a certified therapist and coach. Her research interests include cross-cultural communication, empowerment, the well-being of multicultural individuals, and trauma-related interventions. In these areas, she applies her combined psychological and anthropological expertise.
Looking forward to seeing you at the seminar!