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The positive psychology app ‘Training in Positivity’ for stress in healthcare workers

Amui, Rebecca (2023) The positive psychology app ‘Training in Positivity’ for stress in healthcare workers.

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Abstract:Healthcare professionals (HCP) working in the healthcare system are at risk for suffering of stress-related problems due to the complex work environments and the need for continuous adaptation to evolving medical circumstances. Decreasing stress in them is crucial as many HCP are currently fighting extensive mental health issues. Positive psychology interventions (PPI) offer promising avenue to improve well-being and decrease depressive symptoms and may be beneficial for HCP. The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a multicomponent positive psychology app among HCP and examine whether there is a change in the psychological variables well-being, self-compassion, perceived stress, savoring beliefs and resilience. Twenty-nine HCP received a training via the Training in positivity-App (TiPApp) for 3 weeks. HCP completed an online questionnaire on these psychological variables and moreover on job satisfaction and intention to leave the job prior to and after the training. The TiP-App was built up with six evidence-based exercises of Positive Psychology. A paired sample t test was utilized on each variable to determine the significance level preand post app intervention. In general HCPs evaluated the TiP-App as acceptable in terms of usability and satisfaction. Perceived stress decreased and self-compassion increased in HCP significantly after using the app. Nevertheless, the high drop-out rate leaves great potential for improvement.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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