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Psychological well-being and creativity in university students

Klinge, M.T. (2022) Psychological well-being and creativity in university students.

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Abstract:On a subclinical level, creativity is assumed to enhance psychological well-being. University students’ study year as well as study program influence the three aspects creativity, divergent thinking, and psychological well-being. Based on prior research this study investigates the relationship between creativity, divergent thinking, and psychological well-being and how these factors are influenced by study year and study program. A quantitative study with Likert scales on the Kaufman Domains of Creativity Scale and Ryff Psychological Well-Being Scale, and open questions on the Alternative Uses Test, has been conducted among a sample of 134 University students. A significant correlation, which was positive, was only found between creativity and psychological well-being. Additionally, psychological well-being showed a difference between groups on the variable study year. No group differences between study years or study program were found. The study indicates that in future research more attention has to be paid to creativity facilitation in university students in order to maximize their psychological well-being. The limitations of the current study regarding the Alternative Uses Test’s low intercoder reliability and the non-representative sample have to be taken into account when drawing conclusions of this research and when planning future research.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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