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Can different applications of solution focused cognitive behavioural coaching enhance well-being?

Hultgren, U. (2018). Can different applications of solution focused cognitive behavioural coaching enhance well-being?. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, University of London)


Background: a series of studies evaluating different applications of solution focused cognitive behavioural coaching (SFCBC) were performed to explore the feasibility of methods, designs and the randomised research process. The aim of the main and last study was to explore if different applications SFCBC could increase psychological and subjective well-being in a work environment setting. Method: The SFCBC was delivered face to face, virtually by Skype and in the form of a computerised self-coaching program, all applications were based on the PRACTICE framework (Palmer, 2011). Virtual coaching solutions could provide cost effective ways to reach larger work populations and potentially lower the threshold for seeking further assistance with issues at work, issues that if not detected and handled, could lead to decreased well-being. Research regarding coaching has taken place primarily face to face, and there is a lack of studies on the effects of assisted and non-assisted, cognitive behavioural virtual coaching programs in the workplace. Design/procedure:A randomised controlled trial design was used, consisting of 86 working adults that were randomly allocated to either one of the three intervention groups or a waiting list control group. Comparisons were performed between intervention groups and the control group. The coaching program was used for 8-12 weeks, and online surveys were conducted at three time points, pre-coaching, at the end of the programme and three months after completion. Primary outcome measures were: psychological and subjective well-being and secondary outcomes investigated the coaching applications effects on goal attainment and perceived psychosocial risk/health factors. The results showed that the PRACTICE framework had a direct effect on subjective well-being (SWB) through the Skype application. Furthermore, that SFCBC had mediating effects on the participant’s perceptions of demands (Skype) at work. The study also gave information about which goals participants chose to work with (like role ambiguity) to increase their SWB at work, and solutions chosen, to increase, for example, job clarity through support seeking behaviour and development of cognitive behavioural aspects.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Doctoral Theses
Doctoral Theses > School of Arts and Social Sciences Doctoral Theses
School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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