University of Twente Student Theses


De betekenis van groei: vanuit het perspectief van deelnemers aan een life-reviewinterventie

Steggink, L. (2012) De betekenis van groei: vanuit het perspectief van deelnemers aan een life-reviewinterventie.

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Abstract:This master thesis is a qualitative follow-up study of the self-designed self-help course designed by the University of Twente. This effective life-review intervention was developed for participants in their second life stage with mild to moderate depressive symptoms. The intervention aims to reduce the psychological symptoms of the participants and to increase their well-being. The present study was designed to research 3 cases of participants of this life-review intervention: Marieke, David and Claire. The examination of growth within and between this cases is done through a narrative research method. There is hereby created a holistic content analysis, which gives a global impression of the correspondence of each participant. Then there is a ‘story line analysis’: a more in-depth content analysis of the correspondence of the participant, followed by an identification of the storylines and a short preliminary conclusion: what perception does this case have of growth? Finally, there has been a comparative analysis, meant to achieve a synthesis of the results. The similarities and differences between the different story lines, as well as the meaning the participants give to the concept ‘growth’, will be the focus of this section. This analysis showed that in every life stories of the participants there is growth, although on a very diverse manner, different per individual. For David seemed expressing himself and creating openness, an important development. For Claire and Marieke it seemed a new development to be able to let go and to accept yourself. Furthermore, also within the storylines there where differences: Mariekes and Davids storyline involved about the past versus the present, whereas the storylines of Claire involved about her current self as compared to her ideal self. A similarity between the storylines was that in every case they focused on the same theme: it were not two different stories, they were rather intertwined. The ‘trouble’ also appeared in each of the storylines to have been an important catalyst for growth: this made the participants realize what it was they wanted to change. In short, the meaning the participants seemed to have of the concept ‘growth’ was different per individual, but every participant showed some sort of visible development. Thereby it was fount that the score of the participants on the MHC-SF questionnaire could be partially related to the growth of the participants that in this study was found. It was the case of Marieke that was the exception: her correspondence showed growth, but her score on the MHC-SF decreased. There are many possible explanations for this. For instance, this could have had a personal reason and it is also possible that Marieke has had some difficulties to implement the insights she gathered during the course in her daily life. It is nevertheless also possible that she did grow, but that this did not resulted in her experiencing more positive feelings. Wellbeing is more than experiencing positive feelings (King, 2000). This study offers a new, refreshing look into the ‘meaning universe’ of participants to this intervention although it is still explorative. More in-depth research with a larger survey population is therefore advisable.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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