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Human flourishing in the face of a pandemic: A qualitative analysis

Holschneider, Tatjana (2021) Human flourishing in the face of a pandemic: A qualitative analysis.

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Abstract:Background. Flourishing, a state of optimal emotional, psychological, and social well-being in three aspects (emotional, social, and psychological), has shown to have several health benefits for people. Although the number of studies about flourishing is rising, the understanding of flourishing as an individual experience in all its facets is still in its beginning. Qualitative methods could be especially suitable for exploring how people define flourishing under different circumstances, such as the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic in 2020. The is study aims at exploring how people defined flourishing before (2019) and after (2020) the outbreak of the pandemic from their own and a role model’s perspective. Methods. In the current study a qualitative between-subject design was applied to compare the perception of flourishing of participants (N=83) in 2019 (before the pandemic) and of participants (N=36) in April 2020 (during the pandemic) by the use of two open-ended questions. The data were analysed with content analysis method. Results and Discussion. In total, 14 themes were found, 12 belonging to Keyes model of well-being and two new themes: competence and mindfulness. No major differences were found between the samples from 2019 and 2020 regarding descriptions of flourishing, despite a more frequent mentioning of happiness in 2020. One explanation could be the early assessment in 2020, at which participants might not have yet been affected much by the pandemic. More differences were found between the descriptions of flourishing between the own versus a role model’s perspective. Here it should be considered that the questions about flourishing for the own and a role model’s perspective also differed qualitatively. Further, the category social well-being was mentioned much less frequently than the emotional and psychological well-being, which might be explained by the individualistic cultural background of the sample.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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