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Flourishing throughout the lifespan : a qualitative interview study

Linkhof, S.C. (2020) Flourishing throughout the lifespan : a qualitative interview study.

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Abstract:With Positive Psychology influencing most of today’s psychological research, theories, and interventions, Corey Keyes’ concept of flourishing has become particularly relevant. Flourishing is defined as positive mental health, which involves humans striving to achieve self-actualisation and fulfilment. However, it is yet unknown in what ways people differ regarding their needs of flourishing over time and age. This study aimed to explore younger and older participants’ descriptions of present-day, retrospective, and future flourishing. A qualitative interview study was conducted with six German participants who were all from a middle or high social class. For the interviews, the participants were grouped into Younger (22-40 years) and Older (51-75 years). The data were content analysed. All participants in this study described flourishing in 13 different ways, depending on their past, present, and future. No important differences were found in the answers between the two groups. However, present-day flourishing and future flourishing were connected to more personal matters, whereas retrospective flourishing was described in more materialistic and achievement goals. Flourishing was found to be a continuing process, which seemed to develop over time. The differences in flourishing could be explained by socio-cultural factors, such as personal growth and development.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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