Brief Positive Psychological Interventions Within Multi-cultural Organizational Contexts: A Systematic Literature Review

Lara Christina ROLL, Llewellyn Ellardus Van Zyl, Yannick Griep

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Abstract

Applications of brief positive psychology interventions (BPPI) within organisational contexts have soared within the last decade; yet academic literature on its effectiveness is limited. However, critics have raised concerns about the applicability, replicability and generalizability of those BPPIs published within academic literature; especially when applied within multi-cultural contexts. Given the ever-increasing diversity of the workforce due to factors such as globalization, migration and immigration, it is imperative to consider cultural context to design effective and meaningful BPPIs. While present literature addresses specific BPPIs in clinical samples and monocultural contexts, limited research exists with respect to the design of BPPIs applicable to multi-cultural organisational contexts. Therefore, the purpose of this chapter is to provide a systematic literature review on multi-cultural BPPIs within organisational contexts and to present an overview of advances to date. We conducted a systematic literature review in Medline and PsycINFO using a comprehensive list of relevant search terms (2000–2018) to identify studies on multi-cultural BPPIs within organisational contexts. Findings provide support for the short-term effectiveness of various types of BPPIs in multi-cultural organisational contexts, however, the statistical power and long-term effects of these studies are questionable. Specifically, it seems that workplace mindfulness-based training, (web-based and multi-modal) stress management, and acceptance and commitment therapy mitigate consequences like stress and burnout, though more evidence is needed to support that BBPIs actively promote positive psychological outcomes. This chapter presents an overview of advances made to-date and aims to encourage researchers to consider multi-cultural aspects when developing BPPI interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheoretical Approaches to Multi-Cultural Positive Psychological Interventions
EditorsLlewellyn Ellardus Van Zyl, Sebastiaan Rothmann
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages523-544
ISBN (Electronic)9783030205836
ISBN (Print)9783030205829
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Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes

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ROLL, L. C., Van Zyl, L. E., & Griep, Y. (2019). Brief Positive Psychological Interventions Within Multi-cultural Organizational Contexts: A Systematic Literature Review. In L. E. Van Zyl, & S. Rothmann (Eds.), Theoretical Approaches to Multi-Cultural Positive Psychological Interventions (pp. 523-544). [Chapter 24] Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20583-6_24
ROLL, Lara Christina ; Van Zyl, Llewellyn Ellardus ; Griep, Yannick. / Brief Positive Psychological Interventions Within Multi-cultural Organizational Contexts: A Systematic Literature Review. Theoretical Approaches to Multi-Cultural Positive Psychological Interventions. editor / Llewellyn Ellardus Van Zyl ; Sebastiaan Rothmann. Springer International Publishing, 2019. pp. 523-544
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ROLL, LC, Van Zyl, LE & Griep, Y 2019, Brief Positive Psychological Interventions Within Multi-cultural Organizational Contexts: A Systematic Literature Review. in LE Van Zyl & S Rothmann (eds), Theoretical Approaches to Multi-Cultural Positive Psychological Interventions., Chapter 24, Springer International Publishing, pp. 523-544. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20583-6_24

Brief Positive Psychological Interventions Within Multi-cultural Organizational Contexts: A Systematic Literature Review. / ROLL, Lara Christina; Van Zyl, Llewellyn Ellardus; Griep, Yannick.

Theoretical Approaches to Multi-Cultural Positive Psychological Interventions. ed. / Llewellyn Ellardus Van Zyl; Sebastiaan Rothmann. Springer International Publishing, 2019. p. 523-544 Chapter 24.

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ROLL LC, Van Zyl LE, Griep Y. Brief Positive Psychological Interventions Within Multi-cultural Organizational Contexts: A Systematic Literature Review. In Van Zyl LE, Rothmann S, editors, Theoretical Approaches to Multi-Cultural Positive Psychological Interventions. Springer International Publishing. 2019. p. 523-544. Chapter 24 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20583-6_24