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Psychological flexibility and COVID-19 burnout in Chinese college students: A moderated mediation model (Pages 126-133)

Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science (JCBS)

Volume 24, April 2022, Pages 126-133


Baojuan Ye, Xun Chen, Yanzhen Zhang, Qiang Yang


Few studies have examined factors that might explain or affect the relationship between psychological flexibility and university students’ COVID-19 burnout. The present study tested a moderated mediation model with perceived COVID-19 stress as the mediator and social support, a moderator, among 2377 Chinese college students. After controlling for gender, age, family location, and year of study (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors), psychological flexibility was significantly associated with COVID-19 burnout, and this link was mediated by perceived COVID-19 stress. Social support buffered the adverse effects of perceived COVID-19 stress on psychological flexibility, as well as the correlation between perceived COVID-19 stress and burnout.

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