Journal article

How 'other people matter' in a classroom-based strengths intervention: Exploring interpersonal strategies and classroom outcomes

DM Quinlan, N Swain, C Cameron, DA Vella-Brodrick

The Journal of Positive Psychology | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2015

Abstract

Interventions that identify and develop character strengths have been shown to benefit well-being, academic engagement and achievement. Strengths research within positive psychology has focused primarily on individual outcomes with less attention on group or relationships effects. This study (N = 193) examined the effect of a classroom-based strengths intervention on class cohesion and friction, relatedness, engagement, well-being and strengths use. A six-session programme was trialled with 9–12-year-old students. Students learned to recognise strengths and practised strengths-related goal setting. At three-months post-test, multi-level modelling indicated that intervention group participant..

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