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Values and Well-being in Community Psychologists: A Qualitative Analysis of 'Letters from the Future'

Herdes, F. (2017) Values and Well-being in Community Psychologists: A Qualitative Analysis of 'Letters from the Future'.

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Abstract:Community psychologists face an increased risk of developing (mental) health problems, which is why this study examines personal values that contribute to their well-being. Values play a major role in a person’s life as guidelines and determinants for actions. Methods: The narrative approach ‘Letters from the future’ is chosen, in which community psychologists describe a desirable future scenario. The positive aspects of this scenario indicate what the participants value and what is important to them regarding well-being. In total, 53 letters were coded and analyzed in terms of values, their importance and their relationship to well-being. Results: First and foremost, community psychologists described a strong focus on socially oriented values such as supportive communities, tolerance and consideration. Also, being able to act according to one’s personal interests and passions, being in a safe environment, and not having to worry too much played a crucial role. Discussion: The results show that community psychologists do value what they are working for (i.e. value congruent) which is likely to have a positive effect on their well-being. It might also increase their job satisfaction and motivation. The letters further seem to hint at what community psychologists are currently missing, such as opportunities for selfdirected actions and pleasurable experiences, which might be potential causes or amplifiers for current problems. Future research should focus on how these findings can be used in interventions to promote well-being in community psychologists.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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