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The Relevance of Well-Being to Clients in Primary Mental Healthcare

Kettler, Nele (2021) The Relevance of Well-Being to Clients in Primary Mental Healthcare.

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Abstract:Positive Psychology is a science of well-being, studying positive emotions, traits and institutions. While treatment methods of Positive Clinical Psychology focus on enhancing well-being, research on clients’ view on well-being in therapy is lacking. The present study addresses this research gap. Within the context of a research project on the Mental Health Continuum Short Form in Practice, 20 clients were observed while filling in the questionnaire. As part of the Three-Step Test-Interview, participants were interviewed on their perceived relevance of well-being, their perceived relevance of the different forms of well-being, and their perceived relevance of measuring well-being. A qualitative content analysis on half of the data (N = 10) revealed that clients in primary mental health care regard well-being relevant to their treatment. Clients appreciate a positive focus in therapy and identify aspects of well-being as part of their personal referral question. Measuring well-being showed to be relevant to clients as they gain an overview of their mental state, and are able to evaluate their treatment process. While clients consider the emotional, relational, and psychological to be relevant forms of well-being, societal well-being is regarded as least relevant. In agreement with well-being theories and findings in the related field of recovery research, the focus in clinical practice is recommended to shift towards a more balanced treatment approach. By measuring and discussing the level of well-being with each client, the therapist can adjust treatments in favour of the clients’ needs.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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