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Working adults' well-being: An online self-help goal-based intervention

Oliver, JJ; MacLeod, AK; (2018) Working adults' well-being: An online self-help goal-based intervention. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology , 91 (3) pp. 665-680. 10.1111/joop.12212. Green open access

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Abstract

An online self-help goal-setting and planning (GAP) intervention to improve working adults’ well-being was tested using a longitudinal, randomized crossover design. The study sought to (1) test the effectiveness of the intervention relative to wait-list controls; and (2) test the stability of effects over a 3-month follow-up period. Participants were recruited from the UK Civil Service and were randomized to either a GAP intervention or a wait-list control condition. Wait-list participants then crossed-over to receive GAP. Relative to wait-list controls (N = 149), GAP participants (N = 158) reported significantly higher levels of positive affect (PA) and flourishing, but similar levels of negative affect (NA) and life satisfaction immediately after the intervention. Longitudinal data were analysed for the whole sample (N = 307). Compared to the start of the intervention, participants reported an increase in PA and flourishing directly after the intervention and 3 months later. NA and life satisfaction showed no change by the end of the intervention, but had improved by 3-month follow-up. Completing more modules predicted post-intervention improvements in well-being, accounting for pre-intervention well-being levels. The online self-help format allowed the intervention to be offered with minimal therapeutic support, enabling convenient access by a large group of employees. The study provides an example of a successful adaptation of a clinically proven well-being intervention to make it accessible to working adults.

Type: Article
Title: Working adults' well-being: An online self-help goal-based intervention
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/joop.12212
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/joop.12212
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Keywords: RCT, goal‐planning, goal‐setting, self‐help, well‐being
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Population, Policy and Practice Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10071704
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