Strengths Gym: the impact of a character strengths-based intervention on the life satisfaction and well-being of adolescents

Carmel Proctor, Eli Tsukayama, Alex M. Wood, John Maltby, Jennifer Fox Eades, P. Alex Linley

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Abstract

This preliminary research study examined the impact of Strengths Gym, a character strengths-based positive psychological intervention program, on adolescent life satisfaction. Using a quasi-experimental treatment-control condition design, the study compared student outcomes for life satisfaction, positive and negative affect, and self-esteem for 319 adolescent students aged 12-14 (M=12.98): 218 adolescent students who participated in character strengths-based exercises in the school curriculum, and 101 adolescent students who did not participate in character strengths-based exercises in the school curriculum. Results revealed that adolescents who participated in character strengths-based exercises experienced significantly increased life satisfaction compared to adolescents who did not participate in character strengths-based exercises. Overall, results provide encouraging preliminary support for the application of character strengths-based exercises in the school curriculum as a means of increasing life satisfaction and well-being among youths.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-388
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Positive Psychology
Volume6
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Character education
  • Character strengths
  • Intervention
  • Life satisfaction
  • Positive psychology
  • Strengths exercises
  • Well-being

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