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The Effectiveness and Usability of an Application-Based Gratitude Intervention On Well-being and Stress among Employees in Times of COVID-19

Witteveen, E.E. (2021) The Effectiveness and Usability of an Application-Based Gratitude Intervention On Well-being and Stress among Employees in Times of COVID-19.

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Abstract:Background: The current COVID-19 pandemic potentially has caused physical and emotional harm to employees, since they are desired to work from home. An effective, easy implementable intervention that increases employees’ mental welfare seems desirable. Objective: The present study aims to investigate the effects of an application-based gratitude intervention on well-being and perceived stress among university employees. Also, the current usability is evaluated, using a mixed-methods approach. Method: A quasi-experimental design was employed, using pre-post-test measures. Participants (n=19) conducted gratitude exercises for 15 minutes every working day for three weeks. The MHC-SF and PSS were used to measure well-being and perceived stress. A paired sample t-test was used for the analysis and manipulation check. Results: The manipulation check revealed that both trait- and state gratitude did not increase significantly. Well-being significantly increased, and stress significantly decreased after the intervention. Concerning usability, participants liked the application’s different features, but disliked the number of notifications they received. Discussion: The current research took a first step looking into an application-based gratitude intervention and found that it enhanced well-being and lowered stress among University of Twente employees. However, it is not certain that this effect was caused by the intervention itself. Further research is recommended.
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/86648
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