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Effects of a group coaching for the vocational orientation of secondary school pupils

Vocational orientation is a challenging process to adolescents, especially in times of permanent change and in light of an overwhelming number of career possibilities. Effective career interventions which support young people during this process are therefore urgently needed....

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Resource diary: A positive writing intervention for promoting well-being and preventing depression in adolescence

Depression in adolescence is a widespread problem and leads to extensive psychosocial impairments. For these reason, a resource diary has been developed as a four-week positive writing intervention....

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Teaching happiness at school: Non-randomised controlled mixed-methods feasibility study on the effectiveness of Personal Well-Being Lessons

The paper presents an educational initiative to develop a separate well-being curriculum for a federation of schools in south-east London. A mixed-methods study was undertaken to evaluate the feasibility of the curriculum run biweekly in Year 7 (age 11–12, N = 96)....

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Stressful life events and predictors of post-traumatic growth among high-risk early emerging adults

Stressful life events (SLEs) may elicit positive psychosocial change among youth, referred to as post-traumatic growth (PTG). We assessed types of SLEs experienced, degree to which participants reported PTG, and variables predicting PTG across 24 months among a sample of high-risk, ethnically diverse, early emerging adults....

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Maturity is coherent: Structural and content-specific coherence in adolescent moral identity

Identity narrative may involve considerable variations in structural and content-specific coherence. These variations are potentially relevant to the development of moral commitment in adolescence. The present study analyzed coherence in moral identity narratives for a matched comparison sample of urban adolescents....

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Hope and emotional well-being: A six-year study to distinguish antecedents, correlates, and consequences

Hope is a motivational factor that helps initiate and sustain action toward long-term goals, including flexible management of obstacles that get in the way of goal attainment. Despite an abundance of research on the benefits of hope, little attention has been given to this aspect of youth development via longitudinal studies....

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Relationships between valued action and wellbeing across the transition from high school to early adulthood

Well-being promotes positive outcomes, which may include the ability to live according to one’s values, and valuescongruent living may be a source of well-being....

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The influence of self-compassion on emotional wellbeing among early and older adolescent males and females

Self-compassion has been associated with well-being in adult samples, but has rarely been assessed in adolescents. In this study, 90 students ages 11–18 completed an online survey assessing self-compassion, life satisfaction, perceived stress and positive and negative affect....

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The effect of contemplation and meditation on ‘great compassion’ on the psychological well-being of adolescents

This study aimed to evaluate the effect of contemplation and meditation (CM) training, with a focus on developing great compassion, on the psychological well-being (PWB) of adolescents. Participants (N = 51, mean age = 15.8) were randomly allocated to either CM training (n = 26) or a comparison group (n = 25)....

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An Internet-based positive psychology program: Strategies to improve effectiveness and engagement

Internet-delivered health promotion/disease prevention programs need to be effective and engaging to both universal and targeted populations. We will illustrate the utility of organic programming (OP) a model to rapidly evaluate revise and re-deliver Internet-based programs to achieve these aims....

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