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Effectiveness of a gratitude app on happiness and distress of employees during the COVID-19 pandemic

Grasedieck, J. (2021) Effectiveness of a gratitude app on happiness and distress of employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Abstract:The study aims to identify differences in university employees' levels of distress by using a gratitude intervention during the COVID-19 pandemic and to determine the adherence of employees to the gratitude app. The study utilized a new developed gratitude app and a survey form as a data collection tool. The research was conducted on 19 university employees in the Dutch population using the online survey method and the gratitude app. Four scales were used for the assessment of happiness (Oxford Happiness Scale), distress (Kessler Psychological Distress Scale), and gratitude (Gratitude Questionnaire & Grateful Mood Questionnaire) levels of participants. No significant differences were discovered between pre and post test measures for happiness and gratitude scores. Significant decreases in distress were supported across time. Pre intervention 26% of participants scored relatively high on the distress scale, indicating to have a moderate disorder. Post intervention only 5% of surveyed employees had scores indicating a moderate disorder. Decreases in distress levels for employees after using a gratitude intervention app might broaden the field of gratitude interventions. The effectiveness of the app gives promising implications about the same effects for different populations. However, future research needs to examine the maintenance of decreases in distress for a more versatile study sample in comparison to a control group.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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