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    Finding Flourishing: The Well-being Discovery Framework
    (2019-09-25) O'Malley, Devon G
    Well-being is a significant focus of positive psychology research, yet there is no framework to determine how an individual discovers what aspects of well-being support their individual flourishing across psychological constructs. This capstone project proposes an active and proactive well-being discovery framework (WBDF) for any individual who is seeking a life of flourishing. The WBDF gathers topics across the field of psychology to provide steps to help individuals reach well-being goals, as well as targeted mindsets, opportunities for measurement, and guidelines for the role of a coach. The six mindsets were chosen to increase effectiveness and include research on the topics of hope, growth mindset, curiosity, self-efficacy, self-determination, and play. The widely used and validated measures of well-being proposed provide an avenue for gauging growth. The WBDF coach role described highlights the significance of collaboration and support in goal achievement and dictates the important factors involved when selecting a coach. This framework is informed by research, though empirical testing is essential for future development.
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    Tapping Into Your Inner Superhero: Positive Interventions for At-Risk Youth Organizations
    (2019-05-05) Cheuk, Chung H; Bono, Alexandra; Ritchie, Henry; O'Malley, Devon
    Childhood poverty has been linked with gaps in physical, emotional, and cognitive outcomes. Previous research sheds light on potential interventions for helping at-risk youth. We combine these findings with proven positive psychology interventions to create a curriculum for an organization serving at-risk youth in Trenton, New Jersey. The workshops are geared towards teaching components that enable lasting well-being using existing positive psychology frameworks, such as Martin Seligman’s PERMA. We also adapt lessons using VIA Character Strengths and resiliency factors for an adolescent population, and leverage behavioral modeling, self-agency, and environmental mastery to create sustainable programming. If successful, these interventions may teach us how positive psychology can enable flourishing in at-risk youth populations.