Stanislava Stoyanova

Stanislava Stoyanova
South-West University "Neofit Rilski" · Department of Psychology

Professor, PhD

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Introduction
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January 2002 - present
South-West University "Neofit Rilski"
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  • Professor, PhD

Publications

Publications (96)
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Although it is widely believed that online testing may be applied as a way of enhancing academic motivation, thus far we know little about this topic for Bulgarian students. For this purpose, we conducted research during the COVID-19 pandemic focusing only on university students (n = 80; 74 women, 63 full-time, 17 part-time, 41 bachelor students, 3...
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Background: Empathy is important for successful interactions. The aim of the present study was to determine whether the cognitive component (Perspective taking) and affective components (Empathic concern and Personal distress) of empathy in health professionals were related to the degree of perceived threat of coronavirus, difficulties in doing wo...
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Objective The aim of this study to examine the amount of the total variance of the subjective well-being (SWB) of psychotherapists from 12 European countries explained by between-country vs. between-person differences regarding its cognitive (life satisfaction) and affective components (positive affect [PA] and negative affect [NA]). Second, we exp...
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The aim of this study was to examine cross-cultural differences, as operationalized by Schwartz's refined theory of basic values, in burnout levels among psychotherapists from 12 European countries during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. We focused on the multilevel approach to investigate if individual- and country-aggregated level val...
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The coronavirus pandemic is a global health crisis and the biggest challenge of our time. The aim of the study was to compare the perceived threat of COVID-19, self-assessed physical health, and mental resilience among some social categories vulnerable to stress during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as 67 people diagnosed with mental disorders and hea...
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The COVID-19 restrictions have impacted people’s lifestyles in all spheres (social, psychological, political, economic, and others). This study explored which factors affected the level of anxiety during the time of the first wave of COVID-19 and subsequent quarantine in a substantial proportion of 23 countries, included in this study. The data was...
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Objective The aim of this study was to examine cross-cultural differences, as operationalized by Schwartz's refined theory of basic values, in burnout levels among psychotherapists from 12 European countries during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. We focused on the multilevel approach to investigate if individual- and country-aggregated...
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Self-esteem is deeply affected by social and cultural environments and childhood upbringings. Thus, the purpose of this research is to investigate cross-cultural differences and their effects on undergraduate students’ self-esteem. This research aims to explore the country's ethnic origins, cultural background, undergraduate GPA, religious backgrou...
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Background: Until recent times, healthcare specialists lagged behind other fields in terms of computer networks and software usage, partly because they were uncomfortable with information and communication technologies. The rapid development of personal wearables, their easier connections with smartphones and other similar devices, and the possibi...
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The theoretical assumptions and research findings have established some connections between extraversion/introversion, and neuroticism on the one hand, and well-being on the other hand. There is scarce scientific literature specifying these connections in different social categories or their possible modification in different levels of such persona...
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A wide range of literature connects sex ratio and mating behaviours in non-human animals. However, research examining sex ratio and human mating is limited in scope. Prior work has examined the relationship between sex ratio and desire for short-term, uncommitted mating as well as outcomes such as marriage and divorce rates. Less empirical attentio...
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Background: It is important to study impulsivity and sensation seeking in medical staff because they might shed light into the effectiveness of decision-making processes and performed responses. The aims of this study were to specify if functional impulsivity prevailed in medical staff compared to dysfunctional impulsivity; how strong the relations...
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A wide range of literature connects sex ratio and mating behaviours in non-human animals. However, research examining sex ratio and human mating is limited in scope. Prior work has examined the relationship between sex ratio and desire for short-term, uncommitted mating as well as outcomes such as marriage and divorce rates. Less empirical attentio...
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A wide range of literature connects sex ratio and mating behaviours in non-human animals. However, research examining sex ratio and human mating is limited in scope. Prior work has examined the relationship between sex ratio and desire for short-term, uncommitted mating as well as outcomes such as marriage and divorce rates. Less empirical attentio...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has spread throughout the world, and concerns about psychological, social, and economic consequences are growing rapidly. Individuals’ empathy-based reactions towards others may be an important resilience factor in the face of COVID-19. Self-report data from 15,375 participants across 23 countries were collected from May to Au...
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The coronavirus pandemic affects the lifestyle, mental and physical health of people, especially those at direct risk of becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2. In the period from November 2020 to February 2021, data were collected from 296 healthcare workers through the GAD-7 generalized anxiety questionnaire, as well as through self-assessment of thei...
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Numerous studies document that societal happiness is correlated with individualism, but the nature of this phenomenon remains understudied. In the current paper, we address this gap and test the reasoning that individualism correlates with societal happiness because the most common measure of societal happiness (i.e., country-level aggregates of pe...
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It is important to study the relationships between sensation seeking, functional and dysfunctional impulsivity to clarify the appropriateness and effectiveness of ways for seeking optimal stimulation. The aim of this study was to investigate if dysfunctional impulsivity had stronger direct and indirect effects on sensation seeking in youth with fun...
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Prior and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have resulted in substantial changes to everyday life. The pandemic and measures of its control affect mental health negatively. Self-reported data from 15,375 participants from 23 countries were collected from May to August 2020 during the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. Two questionnaires me...
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This study was focused on the relationships between sensation seeking, functional and dysfunctional impulsivity in youth. The aim of this study was to investigate the direct and indirect effects of functional and dysfunctional impulsivity on sensation seeking in youth controlled for gender and age in the group of 19–25-year-old. Radoslavova & Velic...
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A new Brief Rumination Scale was constructed to measure rumination as repetitive thoughts about negative past events and regrets. Its good psychometric properties were established in a heterogeneous Bulgarian sample of 1274 healthy individuals-one-factor structure, high enough internal consistency, proven con-vergent, discriminant and intentional v...
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Is it possible for people from different countries to register similar scores for their motivational orientations? Or maybe there is a common ground in motivation for people living in similar social and economic conditions, for example in SouthEastern Europe? The general causality theory (Deci & Ryan, 1985) describes individual differences in self-...
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Across the world, millions of couples get married each year. One of the strongest predictors of whether partners will remain in their relationship is their reported satisfaction. Marital satisfaction is commonly found to be a key predictor of both individual and relational well-being. Despite its importance in predicting relationship longevity, the...
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Objectives. It is important to study the interest in one’s appearance because it may influence on health status and social functioning. The objectives of this study were to be determined the degree of manifested interest in one’s appearance and the impact of sociodemographic variables on the interest in one’s appearance. Material and methods. A se...
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Considerable research has examined human mate preferences across cultures, finding universal sex differences in preferences for attractiveness and resources as well as sources of systematic cultural variation. Two competing perspectives—an evolutionary psychological perspective and a biosocial role perspective—offer alternative explanations for the...
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Humans express a wide array of ideal mate preferences. Around the world, people desire romantic partners who are intelligent, healthy, kind, physically attractive, wealthy, and more. In order for these ideal preferences to guide the choice of actual romantic partners, human mating psychology must possess a means to integrate information across thes...
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Background: Recommendations of the European Association for Palliative Care have been proposed to strengthen the provision of palliative care and it is clear that people with dementia can benefit from palliative care, but no research so far addresses the beliefs of university students and professionals in the social, medical and other science fiel...
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Mate choice lies close to differential reproduction, the engine of evolution. Patterns of mate choice consequently have power to direct the course of evolution. Here we provide evidence suggesting one pattern of human mate choice—the tendency for mates to be similar in overall desirability—caused the evolution of a structure of correlations that we...
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E-learning has become an important part of contemporary educational process. Satisfaction with e-learning quality was studied among 133 Bulgarian participants in an online survey, of which more than the half took part is some e-learning courses. The results indicated that the learners for whom e-learning was a part of their education at school or u...
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The role of expressive writing (EW) in Bulgarian as native language and self-criticism for reducing test anxiety was examined among 151 university students divided into two experimental groups (writing about test anxiety or their life goals) and one control group. Results reveal that reducing test anxiety was more related to low self-criticism and...
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Извършена е адаптация за български условия на скалата за изследване на самооценката на Купърсмит за възрастни (форма С). Участниците в изследването са 900, като част от тях са студенти от различни специалности в Университета по библиотекознание и информационни технологии – УниБИТ, а друга част са рекрутирани чрез онлайн форма на въпросника. Айтемит...
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Impulsivity is opposed to reflexivity as a cognitive style. This study investigated the frequency distribution of impulsivity in Bulgarian students, as well as some socio-demographic (gender, age, and some scientific areas – social sciences and humanities, as well as sport) differences in impulsivity. Impulsivity opposed to Reflexivity was assessed...
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The relationships and attitudes between different ethnic groups are among the most important factors for building a tolerant society. In this chapter, the authors present a study of interethnic attitudes between Bulgarians (N = 576) and Turks (N = 320) in three regions in Bulgaria. Keeping in mind the social and historical context of their centurie...
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Olfaction plays an important role in human social communication, including multiple domains in which people often rely on their sense of smell in the social context. The importance of the sense of smell and its role can however vary inter-individually and culturally. Despite the growing body of literature on differences in olfactory performance or...
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The title of this book means the purpose of this book – to encourage the process of reflection on education. At the same time, this book consists of its author’s reflections on the educational process that are inspired by many articles in different journals. The readers can enrich their own viewpoints of education with the long-term educational exp...
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A plethora of studies have examined the prevalence and severity of anxiety and depression in relation to infertility, while ignoring social and cultural factors. The aim of this cross-cultural study is to examine emotions related to quality of life, perceived social support, depression and anxiety in two groups of young women with identical demogra...
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The question ‘Do psychopathology dimensions correlate with musical preferences in healthy individuals?’ still remains poorly investigated. Additionally, verbal working memory, psychopathology and music preferences have not been examined together. Participants consisted of ninety-three young women without a previous or current psychiatric diagnosis....
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Goal achievement is considered to be related to need satisfaction, motivation, and self-esteem. The self-assessed abilities for goal achievement were operationalized as positive self-talk, perceived self-efficacy, the performance level of doing a task, the aspiration level, the in/congruence between performance and prognosis, and frustration tolera...
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While there is a growing body of research on friendship networks analysis, there is still a dearth of knowledge for Greek friendship networks. Greek students' friendship networks were studied here by means of a name generator and a name interpreter by applying a social network analysis procedures and data mining. The studied social network consiste...
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Personality characteristics are important for successful performance. A study was carried out among 32 athletes in biathlon, handball, taekwondo, tennis, and football (12 elite and 20 sub-elite athletes) by means of four computerized test methods from Vienna test system, and two questionnaires. Their concentration, spatial orientation, ability to p...
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Forms of committed relationships, including formal marriage arrangements between men and women, exist in almost every culture (Bell, 1997). Yet, similarly to many other psychological constructs (Henrich et al., 2010), marital satisfaction and its correlates have been investigated almost exclusively in Western countries (eg, Bradbury et al., 2000)....
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A cross-cultural study of global self-esteem of Bulgarian and Turkish students was conducted. A total number of 217 students in Bulgaria and Turkey were studied using the Coopersmith Self-esteem Inventory, adult form (Coopersmith, 1967, 1981). The results showed that self-esteem of the Turkish students (all Muslims) was higher than self-esteem of B...
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Introduction Narcissistic personality disorder influences relationships and beliefs in different life spheres. Objective We aimed to measure narcissism among Bulgarian adults by establishing validity of two scales measuring narcissism, specifying some social and demographic factors and differentiating narcissistic features. Method One hundred and...
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Human spatial behavior has been the focus of hundreds of previous research studies. However, the conclusions and generalizability of previous studies on interpersonal distance preferences were limited by some important methodological and sampling issues. The objective of the present study was to compare preferred interpersonal distances across the...
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Sentimentality and nostalgia are two similar psychological constructs, which play an important role in the emotional lives of elderly people who are usually focused on the past. There are two objectives of this study - making cross-cultural comparison of sentimentality and nostalgia among Bulgarian and Greek elderly people using a questionnaire, an...
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A review of several studies of teachers’ career motivation since Bulgarian Renaissance till nowadays is presented in this paper. 203 Bulgarian teachers in public schools were studied by means of a questionnaire created by Slavchov & Stoyanova (2007) measuring career motivational types, according to Moses’ typology (2003). The career motivational ty...
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Not only cognitive processes and training, but also personality traits are important for successful practicing of sport. 69 athletes were studied in Bulgaria by means of some computerized test methods from Vienna Test system (4DPI concerning their compatibility for team work, RISIKO concerning their readiness for risk-taking, AHA concerning their f...
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Целта на изследването е да проучи взаимовръзката между общата самооценка и цен- ностите в работата при български студенти. Използвани са въпросник на Миеке Вундеринк и Херт Хофстеде (Vunderink & Hofstede, 1998) за измерване на 22 ценности и/или цели в труда при студенти и въпросник на Купърсмит (Coopersmith, 2002) за измерване на общата самооценка...
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The Career Motivational Types Questionnaire based on Moses (2003) typology of major career motivators was used in 2013 in a Bulgarian sample of 132 respondents (workers, unemployed people and students). The results were compared with the findings from a study of the major Bulgarian career motivational types in 2007 (N=517). The career motivational...
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Due to an oversight, the name of the author "Ahmad M. Alghraibeh" was incorrectly spelled as "Ahmad M. Aghraibeh." The correct version is shown above. The authors apologize for this oversight. This error does not affect the scientific conclusions of the article in any way. The original article has been updated. Conflict of Interest Statement The au...
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Cognitive processes are important for successful practicing of sport. 69 national and regional competitors in different kinds of sports were studied by means of 2D Visualisation, the subtest " Comparing surfaces " of AHA and GESTA-computerized test methods from Vienna Test System measuring spatial orientation, precision of estimation of the size of...
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Objective: Theories about how couples help each other to cope with stress, such as the systemic transactional model of dyadic coping, suggest that the cultural context in which couples live influences how their coping behavior affects their relationship satisfaction. In contrast to the theoretical assumptions, a recent meta-analysis provides eviden...
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Perceived occupational attractiveness could be due to many factors and relationships in the workplace are among them. The questionnaire “Attractiveness of the profession” created by Ivanov (1999) was used to study how relationships in the workplace were related to perceptions of occupational attractiveness among students, teachers and rangers-sport...
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Four experiments with 48 participants were conducted to study humour perception and memorization. A computerized method (FVW) from Vienna Test System was used (Kessler, Pietrzyk & Puhr, 2003), as well as humour associations, the recall of three funny stories, a short text evoking admiration and respect. The research was focused on what was associat...
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Aim The aim of our work was to study the types of power preferred by teachers and students of pedagogical specialties. Method Ivanov’s questionnaire “Teacher’s pedagogical power” was used to study the pedagogical power including Reward, Coercive, Legitimate, Expert and Referent powers. In 2012 and 2013, 46 secondary school teachers and 40 students...
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Abstract: The aim of the study was to examine the relationship between self-esteem and work values in Bulgarian university students. We administered the Mieke Vunderink and Geert Hofstede's questionnaire (Vunderink & Hofstede, 1998) for measurement of 22 values / aims in labor in students and the Coopersmith's questionnaire (Coopersmith, 2002) for...
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Career motivation is related to career choice. Several studies of Bulgarian students’ career motivation were conducted in 2007, 2013 and 2015. A questionnaire based on Moses typology of career motivators was used. The studied students were compared by specialties and years of study. Several career motivators have been stable during the years. More...
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Depression becomes more and more typical for adolescence. The study of dynamics of depression during the teenage years is important for differentiation of the most vulnerable periods for development of depression in this age and to be pointed out some factors that could contribute to triggering, preventing or recovering depression. This study of dy...
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Nostalgia and sentimentality are very typical for the old age. There are some characteristics that are perceived as typical for the elderly people in the different cultures, such as being dependent, and needing long-term care. There are also some similarities between the population tendencies in Bulgaria and Romania. The simultaneously acceptance i...
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There are some different standards for quality of processing and transmitting of information. This study compared three quality standards of transmission of verbal written information. One quality standard is keeping initial meaning with giving necessary and sufficient information, according to Peterson, 1996. Another quality standard is meeting so...
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The psychometric properties of a Career Motivational Types Questionnaire based on Moses (2003) typology of major career motivators were studied in a Greek sample of 123 subjects (workers and unemployed people) in 2013. The results were compared with those coming from a Bulgarian sample of 132 subjects (workers, unemployed people, and students) stud...
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Doctor-patient relationship is considered to be a special relationship and a keystone of medical care. A fundamental factor in this sort of relationship is the communication, which is strictly examined between the two involving parts, without taking into consideration in the case of children and teenagers the possible influence of their parents. Th...
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The data for the spread of depression in several countries are presented. The differences in occurrence of depression among some social categories of population are discussed. The symptoms and the forms of depression are described in brief, as well as several factors contributing to depression. The role of Open Journal of Depression is related to s...