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Effect of futuring: to increase resilience : an effect study

Spitzer, M. (2016) Effect of futuring: to increase resilience : an effect study.

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Abstract:In the current world the identity of individuals is shaped by social crisis and rapidly transitions. To cope better with this crisis individuals may have the need for an increase in resilience. This study investigates the effect of the BPS manipulation “Letters from the future” on the concept of resilience. Therefore this effect study discusses if a imagining the future manipulation has a positive influence on the resilience of participants with regard to different moderating factors. To do this participants are divided into three groups over a two week intervention. In the first group participants had to write four “letters from the future” at different times. In the second group participants had to write one “letter from the future”. The third group was a control group in which the participants wrote about past events. In total 33 Dutch-speaking participants with ages ranging from 19 to 60 (M 26, 85, SD 11,859) took part in this research. The results of this study indicate that the effect of the intervention is independent of the personal traits neuroticism, extraversion and optimism. Significant results on the increase of resilience through the letters from the future could not be found. However this results can be ascribed to the limitations of this research as a lot of research in this field indicates the effectiveness of this BPS manipulation. Further this research gives ideas for follow up studies in this field.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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