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Impact study of futuring on resilience and well-being and the mediating role of positive emotions in adults

Bruggenwirth, D. (2016) Impact study of futuring on resilience and well-being and the mediating role of positive emotions in adults.

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Abstract:Previous research has shown that life stories can contribute to identity construction (Polkinghorne, 1988), sense of meaning (Bruner, 1990), sense of purpose or direction (Adams, 2009), sense of coherence (Bohlmeijer, 2007a) and mental well-being (Bohlmeijer, 2012). Traditionally, the focus of the narrative approach has been mainly on recollection of the past [reminiscence] (Sools & Mooren, 2012). Reminiscence has been shown to be beneficial to promote resilience and well-being in elderly adults with depression (Bohlmeijer, 2007b). Sools and Mooren (2012) argued that futuring (imagining the future) could have the same beneficial effects on resilience and well-being as reminiscence. If so, this could fuel new interventions but the effects of futuring on resilience and well-being have yet to be empirically researched. Current research is designed to investigate the effects of futuring on resilience and well-being compared to the effects of reminiscence and to provide further research ground for the use of futuring as a tool to promote resilience and well-being. Results showed no significant increase in means, nor any significant differences between conditions nor predictive value of the condition on well-being and resilience. Positive emotions did appear to have a predictive value for both resilience and well-being. Results of this research might have been affected due to loss of data, high dropout rates and selection bias. Recommendations are bigger sample size, more representative sample including both participants with and without psychopathology, different intervention design and within different timeframes.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70028
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