Scholar: Jose Arauz
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jacqueline Pistorello
Research Topic: "Experiential Avoidance and Study-aholism: Relationship to Motivation to Study and Mental Health"
Abstract: Our society places a high value on work ethic; those who dedicate themselves to their respective careers are often held in high esteem by their co-workers and management. Similarly, students who excel in academics often receive praise from loved ones and educators alike. Studies with community workers show that although some "workaholics" work a lot because of an enthusiasm for the work (Burke, 2008), others may do so as a form of avoidance of other aspects of their lives - the latter approach usually resulting in long-term negative consequences, particularly in interpersonal relationships (Burke, Bakker and Demerouti, 2009).
The purpose of this study is to investigate whether some of the college students self identified as "study-aholics" are practicing experiential avoidance, seeing school as a haven from any psychological distress that might haunt them. Additionally, the study will focus on the negative, consequences that can result from such a habit, including damage to valued personal relationships. Experiential avoidance may go unnoticed for years in the undergraduate population, for numerous individuals reap benefits from students who surpass expectations--families and universities included. Yet, in some of these cases, individuals and their families may suffer in the long term.
These days, great importance is put upon scholarly pursuits, importance that at times, may encourage people to suppress painful emotions. There is some evidence to suggest that these patterns may develop quite early in life (Burke, 2008).
Earned Baccalaureate Degree: spring 2010
Doctoral Program Update: Enrolled in PhD Program, Clinical Psychology, Suffolk University