Positive Psychology and the Internet: A Mental Health Opportunity

Joanna Mitchell, Dianne Vella-Brodrick, Britt Klein

Abstract


This paper reviews two relatively young fields of research - positive psychology and internet interventions – and discusses the combined potential of online positive psychology interventions (OPPIs) as an effective and sustainable health promotion tool. Five randomised controlled trials were identified testing the efficacy of OPPIs as a means of enhancing well-being, with three studies demonstrating increased well-being compared to a control group. Three studies also demonstrated depression symptom reduction, suggesting that well-being interventions may also have an illness treatment and prevention function. While this review is limited by the small number of studies currently available, researchers and practitioners are asked to consider the mental health promotion opportunities and benefits of delivering well-being interventions online.

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Positive psychology; internet interventions; well-being; health promotion; online



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