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Is healthy nutrition associated with mental well-being and flourishing?

Landefeld, C.L.B. (2021) Is healthy nutrition associated with mental well-being and flourishing?

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Abstract:Research shows that certain healthy foods are positively associated to mental well-being. This is an important implication for positive psychology, a domain that investigates factors which improve mental well-being of humans instead of primarily focusing on preventing and treating mental illnesses. The present study investigates whether healthy nutrition is associated with flourishing, the highest mental well-being state that can be reached. With a cross-sectional study design, 153 participants completed an online survey which assessed their mental health and whether they were following healthy nutrition. Results showed no significant correlation between flourishing and healthy nutrition. These findings are in some contrast to what could be assumed on the basis of existing research in this field. Future research should make use of a longitudinal research design to explore the relationship of healthy nutrition and flourishing. In addition, an assessment method should be used that supports the participants with the accurate and timely recording of the food intake after meals.
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/86610
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