Interventions to enhance eudaemonic psychological well-being: A meta-analytic review with Ryff's Scales of Psychological Well-being

Dirk VAN DIERENDONCK*, Hodar LAM

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This meta-analysis enhances our insight into the effectiveness of interventions aimed at improving eudaemonic well-being. The focal outcome of these interventions is Ryff's Scales of Psychological Well-being. We summarized experimental studies and concluded whether a specific intervention approach improves individual positive functioning by assessing the six dimensions of psychological well-being and the composite score of well-being. Our study confirmed that eudaemonic well-being can be improved. The strongest influence is seen in integral programs that link directly to Ryff's conceptual model. Breaking down to dimensional scores, existing interventions had the strongest influence on Environmental Mastery, Personal Growth, and Self-Acceptance. The weakest influence was on Autonomy and Positive Relations with Others. Overall, our result is an important contribution to the well-being literature in that it shows, more convincing than previous meta-analyses due to its exclusive and comprehensive focus on Ryff's model, that psychological eudaemonic well-being can be enhanced by targeted intervention programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)594-610
Number of pages17
JournalApplied Psychology: Health and Well-Being
Volume15
Issue number2
Early online date8 Sept 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2023
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

© 2022 The Authors. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of International Association of Applied Psychology.

Keywords

  • eudaemonia
  • intervention
  • positive psychology
  • psychological well-being
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Humans
  • Psychological Well-Being

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