How to flourish in everyday life? Enhancing flourishing mental health in the general population as a new strategy for the prevention of anxiety and depressive disorders

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In psychology research and clinical practice the focus has long been predominantly on how to repair subclinical complaints and mental disorders. Since the introduction of positive psychology in 2000, many researchers and psychologists today not only help people to repair the negative and focus on their weaknesses but also help people to build their full potential and focus on their strengths and the positive things in life. Flourishing mental health is a state wherein people use their full potential in connection with others and society. In this PhD thesis, Marijke Schotanus-Dijkstra examined the prevalence, characteristics and importance of flourishing mental health using longitudinal data. She also evaluated the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of a multicomponent well-being intervention called “This is your life”. The aim of this intervention is to increase mental well-being and flourishing mental health and, thereby, to prevent anxiety and depressive disorders in people with suboptimal levels of mental well-being.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Twente
  • Bohlmeijer, Ernst T., Supervisor
  • Walburg, J.A., Advisor
  • Drossaert, Stans C.H.C., Advisor
Award date14 Dec 2016
Place of PublicationEnschede
Print ISBNs978-90-365-4223-4
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2016



  • METIS-318319
  • IR-102299

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