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“In je kracht blijven”, een onderzoek naar de effecten van de welbevinden therapie als groepstraining bij mensen met angst- of stemmingsklachten in remissie

Fens, Hanneke (2013) “In je kracht blijven”, een onderzoek naar de effecten van de welbevinden therapie als groepstraining bij mensen met angst- of stemmingsklachten in remissie.

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Abstract:Background Anxiety and depression are common psychological symptoms. In the Netherlands one in five people, will have an anxiety or mood disorder during their lives. This diminishes the quality of life and leads to high healthcare costs. In mental health interest in positive psychology interventions is increasing. This study investigated the effects of the group intervention 'stand in your strength ' , which is based on the well-being therapy . This intervention consists of eight weekly training sessions in which the six dimensions of psychological well-being are central: autonomy, self-acceptance, personal growth, purpose in life, positive social contacts and control over their own lives. The aim of this study is to investigate whether well-being is increased and if psychopathological symptoms have decreased after training. Methods In this study, in ten clients with anxiety or mood disorder in remission before and after participation in the intervention the extent of experienced well-being and the extent to which symptoms were experienced are measured. During the fifth meeting well-being is measured to investigate whether improvement had already occurred and whether that was true for only the dimensions which have been treated until then. How the participants experienced the content and guidance of the training could be filled out by them on an evaluation form. The results of the measurements are analyzed by a Wilcoxon signed rank test. On the evaluation is a descriptive analysis is conducted. Results Well-being was found to have increased at the autonomy dimension significantly. Also positive mental health by the social well-being significantly improved. Halfway through the training in three dimensions hitherto considered a significant improvement was visible. This effect had disappeared at the posttest. On three out of the nine areas examining symptoms a significant reduction occurred. The participants rated the intervention positively both in terms of content and in terms of guidance. Conclusion The research question whether group training ' stand in your strength ' positive contributes to wellbeing and reduce symptoms is partially answered positively. This makes the well-being therapy a promising intervention to perform in groups.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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