The space between stress and reaction: A three-way interaction of active coping, psychological stress, and applied mindfulness in the prediction of sustainable resilience
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (PhD)
First Advisor/Committee Member
Paul Yost, PhD
Second Advisor/Committee Member
Emily Pelosi, PhD
Third Advisor/Committee Member
Stephanie Lopez, PhD
resilience, active coping, applied mindfulness, psychological stress, COVID-19, pandemic
Amid a global pandemic, data was collected to explore the extent to which resilience practices (active coping and applied mindfulness) under varying degrees of stress levels can promote sustainable resilience, defined as the ability to move through challenges in a way that leads to increased positive adaptation to meet present and future challenges. Results did not support the proposed three-way interaction; however, post-hoc analyses indicated that active coping (r = .316) and applied mindfulness (r = .250) were independently predictive of sustained resilience and, when combined, predicted approximately 20 percent (R2 = .203) of sustained resilience one month later. Furthermore, the results suggest a significant quadratic two-way moderation between mindfulness and sustained resilience at different stress levels suggesting that at high stress levels, moderate levels of mindfulness are most predictive of resilience. Implications for theory, practice, and future research are discussed.
Rohlfing, Kait M. PhD, "The space between stress and reaction: A three-way interaction of active coping, psychological stress, and applied mindfulness in the prediction of sustainable resilience" (2022). Industrial-Organizational Psychology Dissertations. 39.