Aim: To enhance child well-being through research-based methods in positive psychology. We aim to explore whether the best routes to achieve this aim goes through parents, other important adults in the lives of children (school-staff) or through directly training the children themselves and their peers in methods of well-being.
Method: Three separate studies are carried out:
Study 1) Flourishing families (N=72). Eight-week parental groups to enhance parental well-being and, subsequently, the well-being of their children. Wait-list RCT.
Study 2) Positive education (N=141). A whole school year project to enhance the well-being of students in middle school (10-11 year olds). Clustered RCT.
Study 3) Positive school (N= 254). A whole year school project to enhance the well-being of school-staff and, subsequently, the well-being of their students. Clustered RCT.
All studies are evaluated before and after the interventions with an extensive set of measures: Questionnaires, experience sampling of daily life (mood, flow, coping etc.), physiological measures (HRV, salivary cortisol).
Results: Content, outline and implementation will be presented along with main results.
Conclusions: Results will be discussed in the light of the overall question of how to best reach and enhance the well-being of children.