Web-based training for post-secondary student well-being during the pandemic: a randomized trial

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a highly stressful period where post-secondary education moved to online formats. Coping skills like decentering and reappraisal appear to promote stress resilience, but limited research exists on cultivating these skills in online learning contexts. This study evaluated three-week web-based interventions to determine how best to cultivate mindfulness and stress-reappraisal skills and whether the proposed interventions led to improved mental health. Results suggest that student mental health can be remotely supported through brief web-based interventions. Mindfulness practices seem to be effective in improving students’ negative mood and coping strategies, while stress mindset training can help students to adopt a stress-is-enhancing mindset.

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