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The Relationship Between the Use of Character Strengths and Depression in University Students

Schröder, Lukas (2021) The Relationship Between the Use of Character Strengths and Depression in University Students.

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Abstract:University students are suffering disproportionally much from depression. The use of character strengths might help students to mitigate their depressive symptoms. Previous researchers have found evidence for a correlation between character strength use and depressive symptoms. The first aim of this research was to examine whether this connection exists mainly on a within person level or on a between person level. The second aim of this research was to determine, whether there is any difference between the genders, regarding this relationship. The sample consisted of 10 university students. An experience sampling method was used to measure the state constructs over time. The results showed higher momentary strength use was associated with lower momentary depressive symptoms, however general strength use had no significant association with general depression. Furthermore, no significant difference between the genders could be found in the relation between strength use and depression. Based on these results future research should put more focus on the state level relationship between strength use and depression, rather than the trait level relationship.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/85561
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