Gelukkig in de toekomst : exploratieve studie naar de samenhang tussen thema´s in de toekomstbrieven van psychiatrische patiënten en hun geestelijke gezondheid

Grömping, K. (2014) Gelukkig in de toekomst : exploratieve studie naar de samenhang tussen thema´s in de toekomstbrieven van psychiatrische patiënten en hun geestelijke gezondheid.

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Abstract:Research has shown that imagining a positive future leads to positive emotions and increased wellbeing. The present studies on this subject are mainly conducted in healthy populations. This study examines whether people with mental illness are also able to perform this narrative futuring. To obtain more insight into the relationship of narrative futuring and well-being of clinical respondents, a qualitative exploratory study was conducted. 36 patients from a psychiatric hospital in Germany wrote letters to themselves from an imagined positive future, which were thematically analyzed. 13 different topics could be found, whereof the topics Social contacts, Positive change and Positive emotions were the most prevalent in the letters. Subsequently, a comparison of the topics with the patients outcome of the MHC-SF, a questionnaire that measures the positive mental health was done. It was found that three of the patients have a flourishing mental health, despite of their clinical diagnosis. In their letters, the topics Social interaction, Positive change and Leisure activities were predominantly mentioned, which is probably due to the anticipated control and redemption which are mainly related to these topics. It can be assumed that specific goals also lead to more positive emotions and a flourishing mental health. In addition, the subjects were compared with the topics of "letters from the future" of non-clinical respondents. While the topics were thematically comparable, the most notable difference was that respondents with a low mental health mentioned the topic health/ rehabilitation more frequently. This could be due to an increased identification with their disease.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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