Academic expectation, self-compassion, psychological capital, social support and student wellbeing

Amy Poots, T CASSIDY

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In an increasingly competitive academic environment students in pursuit of educational recognition are often vulnerable to the effects of stress. This study explored the relationship of academic stress and wellbeing in 258 university students (50 males and 208 females), aged 18–39 years old. The potential mediating variables of self-compassion, psychological capital, and social
support were also explored. Data were gathered through an online survey and analysed using correlation, hierarchical multiple regression analysis and path analysis. Findings revealed selfcompassion, psychological capital, and social support to mediate the relationship between academic stress and wellbeing. Research findings could be usefully applied to inform interventions
to reduce stress and improve wellbeing within the student population.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101506
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Research
Early online date21 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020



  • Academic expectations Stress/self compassion Psychological capital Social support Wellbeing
  • Academic expectations
  • Stress/self compassion
  • Wellbeing
  • Psychological capital
  • Social support

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