Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Degree Granting Department


Major Professor

Tammy D. Allen, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Walter C. Borman, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Kristen Salomon, Ph.D.


Affect, Resilience, Self-esteem, Well-being


Past research on negative performance feedback (NPF) has found that self-regulation is key to buffering against negative well-being and performance outcomes. Using feedback intervention theory and mindful self-regulation theory as framework, this study investigated the regulatory effects of mindfulness following the delivery of NPF. Specifically, the relationships between NPF and changes in self-esteem, negative affect, and task performance were examined, as well as the moderating effects of mindfulness on these relationships. The sample consisted of 164 undergraduate students who participated in the virtual experiment in exchange for course credit. Results from the study found that there was no time by condition effect on self-esteem and negative affect. Contrary to predictions, there were significant increases in task performance for both feedback conditions. Furthermore, the mediation and moderated mediation models failed to reach significance. Contributions to the literature as well as implications for future research is discussed.

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