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Understanding the good life during ageing: a qualitative study

Keseberg, M. (2017) Understanding the good life during ageing: a qualitative study.

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Abstract:Focusing on the good life is not a new, but still an important topic as an increased wellbeing can act as a protector for several health problems. The PERMA model (Seligman, 2011) provides factors for high states of wellbeing and includes Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishments. Therefore the first research question asked, if the PERMA model is a sufficient description for a good life. The second research question aimed to explore, whether the perceptions of a good life differ among age-groups. A semi-structured interview scheme was conducted with twenty-five people, based on three age criteria (young, middle and old age). The results showed that the elements of the PERMA model were perceived as important for a good life in every age group and related to different topics as work or social factors. Also additional elements for a good life were found, as health, satisfaction and carefreeness. Furthermore, young individuals were found to be more self-focused, whereas middle-aged and young people were more family orientated. Also work played a different role. So, when it comes to increasing wellbeing through PERMA, differences between age groups should be considered, as motivations especially for social and work factors change during life-span.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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