The effects of an online intervention designed to cultivate positive emotions on emotional and health outcomes in college students Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
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  • Sarniak, Rebecca H.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
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  • Research has indicated that stress and depression are on the rise in college students, indicating an increasing area of concern. Additionally, previous research has depicted a relationship between stress and physical health, indicating the potential for a decline in health in the presence of increasing stress. Cultivating positive emotions has shown promise in increasing measures of well-being and positive affect, undoing the effects of negative emotions, and decreasing depressive symptoms. Finally, the ease of using the internet for online interventions and data collections may allow for interventions that cultivate positive emotions to reach people who wouldn't otherwise participate in an intervention. Results indicated that the online intervention affected scores on depression and anxiety. Furthermore, the intervention impacted men and women differently on emotional outcomes.
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  • Gil, Karen M.
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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