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Living a valuable Life : Differences in Experiential Avoidance and Psychological Well-Being after conducting the Positive Psychology Intervention “Geluk en zo”

Meier, J. (2017) Living a valuable Life : Differences in Experiential Avoidance and Psychological Well-Being after conducting the Positive Psychology Intervention “Geluk en zo”.

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Abstract:The positive psychology intervention “Geluk en zo” is designed to help people identify why they perform specific actions, realize their negative thought-patterns and move towards a valuable direction in life. The intervention is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a relatively new form of therapy that pursuits psychological flexibility. This study investigated the effectiveness of the intervention by measuring the differences in experiential avoidance and psychological well-being after conducting the intervention for a period of two weeks. There were 19 participants in this study. Participants completed measures of the Acceptance and Action Questionnaire II (AAQ-II) and the subscale psychological well-being of the Mental Health Continuum Short Form (MHC-SF) before and after the intervention. Additionally, participants were asked for their experiences with the intervention. The results revealed that there were no significant differences in experiential avoidance as well as psychological well-being. However, both constructs showed a tendency in the expected direction. The qualitative data revealed that the intervention was effective in enhancing participants’ awareness of their own actions. Some participants reported clarity problems regarding the exercises. This research provides promising indications for the relevance as well as the effectiveness of the intervention “Geluk en zo”.
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/73127
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