Considerable research supports Dweck’s (2006) theory of mindsets, yet few researchers have studied mental health mindset. The current study explores this link through developing a measure that applies Dweck’s dimensions of fixed vs. growth mindset to appraisals of anxiety while also assessing beliefs about strategies for managing anxiety. In Studies 1-4, we develop this measure and report the correlations among the four scales - Fixed, Growth, Acceptance, and Change - as well as the correlations between these scales and various measures of wellbeing in both undergraduate and high school samples. Study 5 builds on and extends this research by using an education paradigm to teach participants about either an acceptance or change approach to anxiety and measuring the effects of this training. Implications of the results and ideas for the future use of this measure are discussed.
Merrick, Jillian S., "Mindset Matters: Measuring Anxiety Mindsets" (2016). Psychology Honors Projects. 44.
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