ERIC Number: EJ1103558
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Positive Psychology Course and Its Relationship to Well-Being, Depression, and Stress
Goodmon, Leilani B.; Middleditch, Ashlea M.; Childs, Bethany; Pietrasiuk, Stacey E.
Teaching of Psychology, v43 n3 p232-237 Jul 2016
The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of a positive psychology course on student well-being, depressive symptoms, and stress in a repeated measure, nonequivalent control design. As hypothesized, the positive psychology students reported higher overall happiness, life satisfaction, routes to happiness, and lower depressive symptoms and stress compared to students in the control course. These findings replicate previous research on the benefits of positive psychology courses on well-being and extend previous research by showing that the benefits generalize to other reliable and multidimensional measures of happiness as well as measures of depression and stress. Our results indicate that a positive psychology course may be one way to improve students' mental health.
Descriptors: Well Being, Psychology, Depression (Psychology), Stress Management, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Psychological Patterns, Life Satisfaction, Mental Health, Undergraduate Students, Surveys, Pretests Posttests, Measures (Individuals), Questionnaires, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale