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Lutovac, S., Kaasila, R., Petäjäniemi, M. et al. How does Mind–Body Bridging support professional identity development?. Int J Educ Vocat Guidance (2022).

How does Mind–Body Bridging support professional identity development?

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Author: Lutovac, Sonja1; Kaasila, Raimo1; Petäjäniemi, Maria1;
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 2000, 90014, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-12-08


This narrative case study is an exploration of Mind–Body Bridging (MBB), an emerging mindfulness-based approach, and its impact on university students’ professional identities. MBB was used as content and an intervention tool in a psychology course. The study provides an in-depth analysis of two students’ narratives to illustrate and discuss the usefulness of MBB in the university setting. The findings demonstrate that MBB helped students develop their professional identity with regard to self-confidence, self-awareness, social relationships, and professional future. Moreover, the link between the development of students’ professional identities and their abilities to cope with work-related stress is found.

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Series: International journal for educational and vocational guidance
ISSN: 0251-2513
ISSN-E: 1573-1782
ISSN-L: 0251-2513
Issue: Online first
DOI: 10.1007/s10775-022-09552-0
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 515 Psychology
516 Educational sciences
Funding: Open Access funding provided by University of Oulu including Oulu University Hospital. Sonja Lutovac was supported by the Academy of Finland (Grant Numbers 307672 and 332232).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 307672
Detailed Information: 307672 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
332232 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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