Pilot testing mobile interventions to increase wellbeing
How many students: Max 6
Own data collection: YES
Type of research: Qualitative empirical (with an option for quantitative empirical)
With the increase of the popularity of positive psychology, people from various disciplines acknowledge the value of wellbeing and the potential benefits of increasing wellbeing. Within mental health care, wellbeing or positive mental health has been shown to be a protective factor against developing mental illnesses; it has been shown to positively impact physical health, and it is seen as a worthwhile goal in itself to strive for, besides combating the symptoms of mental illnesses themselves. Also within e.g. education, organizations and the general public, focusing on wellbeing is more and more seen as a positive way forward. With this positive attitude towards wellbeing, interventions to increase wellbeing have also become more popular.
Most of these interventions are web-based and take 8-12 weeks to complete. However, we know that many people do not complete these interventions, diminishing the effectiveness. A possible way to overcome this issue, is by using shorter, more intensive interventions, delivered on a smartphone. For a large study on the effectiveness and engagement of such interventions, three different 2-week long smartphone interventions have been developed for people who would like to increase their wellbeing. Before these interventions can be used in a larger study, they have to be pilot-tested to see what works well and what needs to be adapted.
In this assignment, you choose one intervention (based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or Positive Psychology) and pilot-test this with 10 participants. You will conduct (relatively short) semi-structured interviews with these participants after they have used the intervention for 2 weeks. In the intervention itself, quantitative data will be collected (e.g. on engagement, wellbeing and emotions), which you can also use in your thesis.
Who are we looking for?:
Students who are interested in exploring new ways of delivering eMental Health interventions and who would like to participate in ongoing research of our department.
What do we offer?:
An interesting and innovative project that can have real societal and scientific impact.