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The Relationship between Strengths and Subjective Well-being among University Students

Foltynski, Isabel (2019) The Relationship between Strengths and Subjective Well-being among University Students.

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Abstract:The aim of the current study was to assess the relationship between strengths and subjective well-being among university students, by utilizing the VIA-120 and the Comprehensive Inventory of Thriving. It was hypothesised that hope, zest, love, humour, curiosity, and gratitude are connected to subjective well-being. A voluntary sample of N = 172 students from the University of Twente (Mage = 21.26, SDage = 1.8) participated in the study. The strengths were assessed by means of the VIA-120 which served as the independent variable. Subjective well-being was assessed by the Comprehensive Inventory of Thriving, including its dimensions such as life satisfaction, positive affect, and negative affect that were treated as dependent variables. Results show that subjective well-being, life satisfaction and positive affect seem to have an interconnection with hope and zest. Love, gratitude and curiosity appear to be associated with life satisfaction. Besides, positive affect shows to be marginally correlated with love and gratitude. No strong correlations between the strengths and negative affect were found. Various reasons can account for the low well-being of students, however, by focusing on the strengths of the heart, be it in strength-based interventions or individually, the subjective well-being of individuals can be positively influenced. Limitations of the study, as well as recommendations for promoting well-being, are proposed.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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