Study of vitality as a resource for providing students’ psychological safety

  • Olena HREK PhD in Psychological Sciences, Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology and Social Communications, State Institution "South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University by K.D. Ushynsky», Odessa, Ukraine https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7925-0939
Keywords: vitality, vitality components, meaningful life orientations, psychological safety, stress resistance, students

Abstract

The article investigates the problem of studying the vitality according to domestic and foreign approaches. The concept of “vitality” and its components, peculiarities of vitality and stress interrelation are considered. The factors that cause stress in humans and the mechanisms of vitality that reduce the impact of stress factors on an individual, as well as characteristics of a student’s age being one of sensitive periods of their manifestation and development of vitality are shown. The author empirically investigates special features and components of vitality development of students-psychologists, who are in their 1-4 years of study at the university. The research involved 80 students from the University after Ushinsky. The following research methods were used: the vitality test by S. Maddy (adapted by D.O. Leontiev and O.I. Rasskazova), the method of life meaningful orientation by D.O. Leontiev, questionnaire “The idea of information and psychological safety” by T.O. Basanova. Spearman’s correlation method and U. Mann-Whitney’s test were used for statistical analysis. According to the results of the study, it was found that the level of the students’ vitality in their 1-4 years was average but a significant increase in indicators was found in those who were in their third year. Peculiarities of the students’ life awareness with different levels of vitality are revealed. Besides, the connections between the indicators of vitality and the components of life meaningful orientations of testees’ are presented. The level of information-and-psychological safety of students and its connection with vital indicators is investigated. That is, vitality as a resource stimulates the activity of students and can ensure their psychological safety in modern realities.

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2020-09-30
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HREK, O. (2020). Study of vitality as a resource for providing students’ psychological safety. EUROPEAN HUMANITIES STUDIES: State and Society, 23(3(II), 4-18. https://doi.org/10.38014/ehs-ss.2020.3-2.01
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PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH: SCIENCE AND PRACTICE