Washburn University Institutional Repository

The Washburn University Institutional Repository (WU IR), managed by the University Libraries, is a digital repository offering a central location for the deposit, maintenance and long-term preservation of the research and other scholarly production of the Washburn University Community. WU IR also holds digitized items of value from the University Libraries Department of Special Collections and Archives that highlight the history, nature and culture of the University. One of our key missions is to ensure that these scholarly and creative endeavors are accessible to the widest possible audience. Candidates for deposit in WU IR include journal articles, conference papers, instructional resources, student projects, theses, dissertations, university archival materials, and more. For more information about submitting your work to WU IR, please contact us at wuir@washburn.edu.

Recent Submissions

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    Self-compassion as an Emotional Regulation Strategy in Treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder
    (Washburn University, 2023-10-23) DeHerrera, Jordan M.
    Generalized anxiety disorder is one of the most common mental health disorders. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is recommended as the first-line treatment for the disorder; however, further investigation into the key mechanisms maintaining core aspects of GAD is needed to increase the efficacy of treatment for this disorder. The current study examines the effectiveness of self-compassion as an emotional regulation strategy in individuals with GAD symptoms. College students who met criteria for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) according to a questionnaire (n = 44) and college students who denied problematic worry (n = 24) were compared on measures of self-compassion and emotion dysregulation following an anxious mood induction in the lab. The GAD group was found to report less self-compassion and more emotion dysregulation than the control group, consistent with the hypotheses. All participants were then randomized to a self-compassion (n = 34) or control condition (n = 34). Participants in the control group had stable state self-compassion from pre-intervention to post-intervention while participants in the self-compassion group experienced a significant increase in state self-compassion. Participants in the control group did not change in state emotion dysregulation from pre-intervention to post-intervention. In contrast, participants in the self-compassion group endorsed significantly less state emotion dysregulation from pre-intervention to postintervention.
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    Sexual and gender minority groups: Application of a novel resilience-based integrated treatment approach
    (Washburn University, 2023-09-27) Shontz, Lydia R.
    Meyer’s (2003) extension of the Minority Stress Model highlights the impact of social experiences, primarily stigma, on identity formation and self-esteem in sexual and gender minority (SGM) groups. With the appropriate tools and coping strategies that target the development of resilience, SGM clients can respond to future stress in adaptive ways that encourage self-affirmation and acceptance rather than suppression or concealment. To facilitate growth, this case study developed a novel integrated treatment combining two affirmative care approaches. The objective was to decrease perceptions of stress and interpretations of social rejection, while working to increase resilience skills dedicated to differing realms of experience (e.g., intrapersonal, cognitive, interpersonal, and behavioral) while identifying opportunities for social support. Primary treatment goals include increasing gender identification stability via cognitive restructuring, while increasing resilience-based coping within a demi-bisexual young adult client within the first year of questioning their gender identity. With progress measures supporting positive therapy outcomes, preliminary evidence supports the continued development and empirical investigation of this resilience-based integrated treatment.
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    Arthur Fletcher Honored
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