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Title: Hope, flow, mindfulness and subjective well-being : a study of relationships
Author: Marks, Kate
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2013
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The first chapter is a narrative literature review in which key constructs relevant to this thesis are introduced, relevant literature is summarised and critiqued, and areas for future research are identified. Subjective well-being (SWB) is defined and hope (both goal-focused hope and spiritual hope) is identified as important to SWB. It is suggested that two concepts that may help explain the relationship between goal-focused hope and spiritual hope and SWB are flow and mindfulness, which are each examined. It is highlighted that goals are important to both goal-focused hope and flow, and that spirituality is important to both spiritual hope and mindfulness. Based on the literature reviewed, theoretically based hypotheses are proposed. The second chapter is an empirical paper, the intention of which is to build upon the literature review by examining the theoretically derived hypotheses proposed within the review. The aim of the study is to examine the relationships between goal-focused hope, spiritual hope, flow, mindfulness, and SWB, and to explore mechanisms through which hope may affect SWB. The main study variables are examined using a university sample and an online study. The last chapter of the thesis is the concluding section, which has three main sections. This first section is a general overview of the work done, followed by an expanded discussion of possible explanations and interpretations, methodological considerations, and clinical implications. Section two presents a lay summary of the study for dissemination. The summary is presented in a form suitable for publication in a university magazine, with a target audience of university staff and students. The aim of the final section is to explore areas for future research. References are provided at the end of each chapter and appendices are at the end of the thesis.
Supervisor: Dickson, Joanne M.; Unwin, Jen Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology ; RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry