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Understanding the Happiness Route : a qualitative study about effective factors during the positive psychological intervention the Happiness Route

With, P. de (2015) Understanding the Happiness Route : a qualitative study about effective factors during the positive psychological intervention the Happiness Route.

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Abstract:The Happiness Route is an intervention, based on the positive psychology, for people with risk factors for low well-being, i.e. health impairments, social isolation and a low socioeconomic status. These participants get a one-time-only amount of €500 for an activity to promote their well-being which is intrinsically motivated. A counsellor visits and supports them. This study is connected to a large randomized controlled trial. The study made use of the opinion of the participants of the Happiness Route and gives answer to the question: What are the effective elements to increase well-being by participants of the Happiness Route? Eighteen participants were selected who completed the Happiness Route between October 2013 and March 2015. These participants participated in an interview about their experiences of the Happiness Route. In the interview participants were asked about life before and after the Happiness Route, the chosen activity, important moments and changes in competence, autonomy and relatedness. The interviews were analysed with Atlas.ti. Five effective elements were indicated; the activity, the counsellor, improvement in life, social contacts and spending money. These five elements have seventeen sub-elements. These sub-elements indicate the reason for the effectiveness of the main element. The base effective elements are the activity and the counsellor which fulfil the self-determination theory. These elements activate the other three elements. On top of that, a relation is found between sub-elements. One of the correlated sub-elements is counsellor; good help/ Time spent and improvement in life; activation. Another of the correlated sub-elements is counsellor; click and improvement in life; nudging/freedom. It can be concluded that these five elements are important to improve the well-being of the participants.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/68727
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