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The Value and Applicability of Positive Psychology Interventions for Health Management

Nagel, Stephan (2014) The Value and Applicability of Positive Psychology Interventions for Health Management.

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Abstract:About 350 million people suffer from depression. This disease is expected to become the second largest disease by 2020. Consequently, employees suffering from stress and depression constitute a big cost factor for organizations. The rise of Positive Psychology gave birth to many studies aiming at identifying the effects of Positive Psychology interventions on health. However, the applicability of interventions in a working context has not been investigated. A five-week long experimental study examined the effects of regularly practicing three assigned positive activities (expressing optimism and gratitude and practicing mindfulness) on well-being. In addition, effects on health and performance were evaluated. Moreover, the study investigated the applicability of the interventions in a working context. The results illustrate mixed results regarding positive effects on well-being but indicate a positive influence on participants’ health. The study shows beneficial effects on performance factors whereby the effects on individual performance is more unambiguous than the effect on team performance. The results show that, with adjustments to its frequencies, all interventions are applicable. As a conclusion, organizations and team leader should incorporate the mix of interventions at work as a means to improve health and performance of its employees.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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