Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

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Thesis or dissertation

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Steve Safigan earned his Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. He is a Board member of Foundations for Tomorrow, Inc. and Foundations Workshops Canada, among other non-profit and charitable organizations.(


A diverse group of 30 adults attended a 3-day intensive experiential learning group intervention conducted by Foundations Seminars. Participants reported on measures of subjective well-being (life satisfaction and felt emotion) before and for 14 weeks after attendance. Repeated measures analysis demonstrates that participants significantly improved in all measures following attendance at the seminar (p < .03), with medium-to-large effect size (.5 < d < 1.2). Contrast analysis showed that participants maintained their subjective well-being throughout the follow-up period (p < .01). The report details possible group and individual mechanisms of change that may be utilized by the seminar to increase well-being. It also explores ways to minimize risk of psychological harm to participants.


positive psychology, positive interventions, experiential, emotion, positive, interventions, well-being, satisfaction, positive emotion, satisfaction with life scale, life satisfaction



Date Posted: 28 September 2009