Date of Award

2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Kenneth Hart

Keywords

Psychology, Education, Academic flow, Academic happiness, Academic well-being, Character strengths

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The present study investigated the effect of strengths use on students' academic well-being. Specifically, it examined 'StrengthsQuest', a workbook-based program that helps students identify and utilize their natural talents, also known as 'signature strengths'. The present study sought to answer whether strengths use is associated with higher marks, academic happiness, and academic flow. University students ( n = 292) completed an eight week StrengthsQuest program. GPA data were obtained using self-report and from the Registrar's Office. Other data were obtained via questionnaires administered at two time points: before and after students completed the StrengthsQuest program. Although the present study found no support for the association between strengths use and grades, the findings suggest that frequent use of strengths is associated with higher levels of flow and happiness in one's academic life. These findings are consistent with prior theory and research on strengths. The findings also have implications for academic advisors.

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