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Adding science to the mix of business and pleasure: an exploratory study of positive psychology interventions with teachers accessing employee assistance counselling

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dc.contributor.supervisor Bartell, Riva (Educational Administration, Foundations and Psychology) en_US
dc.contributor.author Reinsch, Candace C.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-10T15:09:51Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-10T15:09:51Z
dc.date.issued 2013-01-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/14436
dc.description.abstract This research project explores whether the delivery of positive psychology interventions in the workplace through an employee assistance program (EAP) can improve employees’ authentic happiness/flourishing as well as decrease symptoms of depression. A small convenience sample of 13 Manitoba public school educators accessing employee assistance were recruited for a quasi-experimental research design. Nine participants were randomly assigned to the experimental group and the remaining participants assigned to the control. Experimental group members participated in a six session psychoeducational, experiential, and process-oriented positive psychotherapy group that met once a week over six weeks. Experimental group participants’ scores on the authentic happiness/flourishing measure increased by a statistically significant 9% and depression scores decreased by a statistically significant 45% from pre-intervention to one month post-intervention. The study’s findings therefore provide promising confirmation that positive psychology interventions delivered through EAPs can make a meaningful difference as both secondary prevention and primary enhancement strategies in the workplace. en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Counselling psychology en_US
dc.subject Counselling en_US
dc.subject Positive psychology en_US
dc.subject Positive psychotherapy en_US
dc.subject Authentic happiness en_US
dc.subject Flourishing en_US
dc.subject Complete mental health en_US
dc.subject Subjective well-being en_US
dc.subject Employee well-being en_US
dc.subject Life satisfaction en_US
dc.subject Depression en_US
dc.subject Employee assistance en_US
dc.subject Workplace health promotion en_US
dc.subject Workplace wellness en_US
dc.subject Occupational stress management en_US
dc.subject Positive organizational scholarship en_US
dc.subject Group counselling en_US
dc.subject Prevention en_US
dc.subject Secondary prevention en_US
dc.subject Primary enhancement en_US
dc.subject Strengths en_US
dc.subject Educational psychology en_US
dc.subject Program evaluation en_US
dc.subject Teachers en_US
dc.subject Educators en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.title Adding science to the mix of business and pleasure: an exploratory study of positive psychology interventions with teachers accessing employee assistance counselling en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.degree.discipline Educational Administration, Foundations and Psychology en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Clifton, Rodney (Educational Administration, Foundations and Psychology) Grunfeld, Richard (Province of Manitoba Employee Assistance Program) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Education (M.Ed.) en_US
dc.description.note February 2013 en_US


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