Research into the potential of short interventions in promoting well-being among adolescents

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dc.contributor.advisor Murphy, Mike en
dc.contributor.advisor Di Blasi, Zelda en
dc.contributor.author Barry, Mark Anthony
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-03T11:35:34Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.date.submitted 2014
dc.identifier.citation Barry, M. A. 2014. Research into the potential of short interventions in promoting well-being among adolescents. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1963
dc.description.abstract The present research examines the issue of universal interventions designed to enhance wellbeing among a community-based adolescent population. The first phase saw a cross-sectional survey conducted among Transition Year students in 13 secondary schools in Cork city and county, Republic of Ireland, with a view towards identifying dimensions linked with wellbeing (operationalised as subjective happiness, life satisfaction, and depressive symptoms) and which might prove effective in informing intervention approaches. Arising from this, mindfulness, gratitude, and cognitive-behavioural dimensions emerged as predictors of wellbeing, and short interventions (four sessions/four weeks) informed by each were conducted with participant groups in three secondary schools, one intervention in each school. Results from statistical analysis showed that the mindfulness and cognitive-behavioural interventions facilitated significant reductions in depressive symptoms among active condition participants at post-test, but that these benefits were not sustained over time, while no statistically significant changes were detected on subjective happiness and life satisfaction. The gratitude intervention was found to have had no effect on the three outcome variables. The findings are discussed in the context of theory and past research, while limitations, implications, and possible future directions are also addressed. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2014, Mark A. Barry. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Adolescence en
dc.subject Well-being en
dc.subject Cognitive behavioural coaching en
dc.subject Mindfulness en
dc.subject Gratitude en
dc.title Research into the potential of short interventions in promoting well-being among adolescents en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname Doctor of Psychology en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Applied Psychology en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
dc.check.opt-out Not applicable en
dc.thesis.opt-out false
dc.check.embargoformat E-thesis on CORA only en
ucc.workflow.supervisor mike.murphy@ucc.ie
dc.internal.conferring Autumn Conferring 2014


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