How do students use their strengths and talents to reach their mental health goals?
Type of assignment: BA thesis PPT, 15 EC
Internal or external?: internal
Maximum number of students 2 students
Individual collecting of data? Individual data collection
Type of research: quantitative or qualitative
Description of the assignment:
In this assignment you will study how the choice for a mental health goal and the pursuit of a mental health goal can be facilitated by using personal strengths. You will also explore whether this approach has pitfalls and how they can be prevented.
Until now the strengths approach in student populations is mostly used with regard to educational aims and personal development. In this project we explore how it can be used with regard to mental health goals, such as for example cultivating positive emotions, life satisfaction, finding purpose in life, sustaining feelings of mastery or developing positive relationships. Even though literature shows promising outcomes with regard to a strengths-based approach, there still seems no literature on the working mechanisms of strengths and their contribution to improved goal-proficiency.
In order to examine the function of personal strengths in the process of pursuit of mental health goals, you can use a quantitative design for example through experience sampling measurements or answer your research question with a qualitative approach, for example by interviewing students about the application of strengths in their efforts to improve mental health behavior.
Within this framework you are free to focus on specific mental health topics and make a choice for a research design that fits your research question. You can also build a duo and adjust and coordinate the topics with one other student to get a broader insight into this subject.
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Clifton, D. O., & Harter, J. K. (2003). Investing in Strengths. Positive Organizational Scholarship, 111–121. Retrieved from http://media.gallup.com/DOCUMENTS/whitePaper--InvestingInStrengths.pdf
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Who are we looking for?
A student with an interest in developing ideas and theoretical approaches for the relationships between strengths and mental health goals.
More information?: Dr. Christina Bode
Supervisors: Dr. Christina Bode