Strategies for Developing Mental Toughness in Higher Education and Measuring the Impact

Jenny Meggs, Peter Sewell

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There is an increasing awareness that higher education (HE) institutions face significant challenges in managing and supporting students as they transition into university life. If HE institutions struggle to achieve this important aim, this can lead to an increase in student drop-out. This can of course present significant financial implications and challenges and worse still, result in mental health challenges in students. The concept of Mental Toughness (MT) has been shown in a substantial number of investigations, to develop our understanding of why some people might be more vulnerable to these pressures than others. Importantly, it provides both a means of identifying those people and insights about ways they can be best supported. This chapter proposes a well-researched MT framework to facilitate and support universities with these challenges and highlights three key strategies for managing this successfully.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovative Approaches in Pedagogy for Higher Education Classrooms
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781800432567
ISBN (Print)9781800432574
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2022

Publication series

NameInnovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning
ISSN (Print)2055-3641


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