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A Qualitative Study on Types of Prosocial Behaviour and Their Effect on Well-Being

Berge, E.C. van den (2019) A Qualitative Study on Types of Prosocial Behaviour and Their Effect on Well-Being.

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Abstract:People with a high level of mental well-being have less psychopathology and a better quality of life. Prior studies show that an intervention focussed on prosocial behaviour led to enhanced mental well-being. However, it was not yet investigated what kind of prosocial behaviour leads to better mental health. Therefore this qualitative study examined what type of prosocial behaviour participants performed when they were instructed to do five acts of kindness a week during six weeks. In addition, this study examines whether specific prosocial behaviours (e.g. comforting, complementing, giving and showing interest) are related to a positive change on mental well-being. Eighteen males and 151 females participated. Results demonstrated that behaviours from the main area Being Active lead to a higher level of well-being compared to behaviours from the main areas Social, Material and Mindset. There were no statistical significant correlations between specific prosocial behaviours and a positive change on mental well-being.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/77830
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