Thesis Title: Mindfulness, Perceived Stress and Memory Problems in University Students

Student Name: Hafiza Ambreen Qaiser

Supervisor: Afifa Anjum

Degree: BS

Year: 2014-2018

Department: Institute of Applied Psychology

University: Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

Abstract

The present research was conducted to investigate the relationship between mindfulness, perceived stress and memory problems in university students. It was hypothesized that there would be a negative relationship between mindfulness and memory problems including subjective memory problems and working memory problems. It was also hypothesized that there would be positive relationship between perceived stress and memory problems. Moreover, it was hypothesized that mindfulness and perceived stress predict memory problems. Correlational research design was used. The sample consisted of 120 students selected from different universities of Lahore using convenient sampling technique. Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS; Brown, & Ryan, 2003), Perceived Stress Scale (PSS; Cohen, 1994), Everyday Memory Questionnaire Revised (EMQ-R; Royle, 2008) and Working Memory Test (Liang Ma et al., 2017) was used for assessment. The data were analyzed using correlation and linear regression analyses. The results showed that there were  significant  negative  relationship  between mindfulness and subjective memory problems and significant positive relationship between perceived stress and subjective memory problems. Mindfulness, perceived stress and subjective memory problems had no relationship with working memory test. It was also found that mindfulness negatively predicted subjective memory problems and perceived stress positively predicted subjective memory problems.

Keywords: Mindfulness, perceived stress, memory problems, university students.