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"A Dream Come True"?: Interrelations between the basic psychological needs and flourishing in letters from a future with a basic income

Giebel, C.G.J. (2017) "A Dream Come True"?: Interrelations between the basic psychological needs and flourishing in letters from a future with a basic income.

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Abstract:Tense financial conditions make it difficult for people to flourish, which is the optimal combination of emotional and psychological well-being. One possibly helpful means is the unconditional basic income (UBI), i.e., 1,000 € given monthly to every adult without further requirements. This study introduces the Basic Determinants of Flourishing Model (BDF-model), which holds that the UBI could promote flourishing mediated by the fulfilment of basic psychological needs. The BDF-model was examined through a qualitative exploration of Letters from the Future of people with different financial backgrounds: students (n = 7), and employees and retired people (n = 7). Qualitative analysis showed that three letter types emerged, namely “Dream come true” (n = 11), “Neutral” (n = 1) and “Dystopia” (n = 1). The BDF-model was adjusted to the new insights: the UBI promotes autonomy, and the interrelated and balanced fulfilment of all basic needs can lead to flourishing. The three different letter types might have resulted from differences in age, financial security, and present level of flourishing. One practical implication derived from this study is to test a UBI in the population of emerging adults, because it seemed that they would profit substantially.
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/72536
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