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How Taiwanese women view the function of positive role models of flourishing: a qualitative interview study

Vilbusch, J.S. (2020) How Taiwanese women view the function of positive role models of flourishing: a qualitative interview study.

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Abstract:Within the growing field of positive psychology, most studies were conducted in Western countries resulting in the neglect of collectivistic perspectives of mental well-being. Moreover, little attention has been brought to studies concerning the function of (positive) role models. In order to better understand the connection between role models and mental well-being, this study focused on the function of positive role models of flourishing from collectivistic perspectives. A multiple case study design with unstructured interviews was conducted with four Taiwanese women between the ages of 25 to 29 years. During the interviews the role models’ influence on the interviewees’ concepts of flourishing were discussed. The interviews were analysed by the use of the cross-case method. One major finding was that the role models of the interviewees were of positive nature and acted as a motivational and mostly advisory force to the interviewees. With regard to the definition of flourishing, the individualistic dimensions of Keyes’ (2005) framework are emotional and psychological well-being. Within the current study, they were emphasised more than the collectivistic dimension social well-being (Keyes, 2005) by the interviewees. Therefore, the interviewees’ perspectives seemed to be a mixture of both individualistic and collectivistic cultures. This intertwining of perspectives can be explained by the Western-oriented attitudes of the interviewees and the Western influence of Taiwan. Future research should elaborate on the mixture of cultural perspectives of different samples among Taiwanese people in order to discover whether the intertwining holds true for different groups of the society.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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