Francesco De Paola

Francesco De Paola
University of Verona | UNIVR · Department of Psychology and Cultural Anthropology

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This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of communication skills training on improving marital intimacy and reducing marital conflicts among young couples using a cognitive behavioural therapy approach. Data were collected from a sample of 20 couples in Iran who were selected by purposive sampling method. To select them, first, they had to co...
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Purpose – This study aims to investigate the relationship between organisation-based self-esteem (OBSE) and work engagement during a new strength-based intervention over nine months. Design/methodology/approach – A sample of 82 workers composed of 70 sales consultants and 12 area-managers working in an Italian pharmaceutical company received a one-...
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Orientation: Organisations need energetic and dedicated employees to enhance the quality of their services and products continuously. According to the Conservation of Resources Theory, it is possible to increase work engagement of employees by improving their personal resources. Research purpose: The main aim of this study was to examine the extent...
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The aim of this study is to investigate the effect school engagement on health risk behaviors, as well as to test the mediating role of self-efficacy in the relationship between school engagement and health risk behaviors. Participants were 250 students attending a secondary school level. Using the method of correlational and regression analysis, t...

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Organizations are increasingly promoting employees’ health and wellbeing, given that happy workers are more productive and cope better with the high demands of the work environment than their dissatisfied counterparts. A promising approach to promote wellbeing at work is the focus on enhancing and supporting employees’ strengths use at work and personal resources. Against this background, this project aims at investigating the effects of a newly developed positive psychology intervention designed to improve employees’ wellbeing, i.e. the FAMILY intervention. Such an intervention program centers around six dimensions, which content is designed to develop and channel employees’ strengths and resources by supporting employees’ positive reframe of emotional work situations, the identification of possible challenging work situations, and structuring reflection and meaning-making processes to support employees’ awareness of work identity beliefs. Specifically, the six dimensions refer to Framing (F), i.e. helping participants focusing on the positive rather than on the negative aspects of work by using their strengths; Attitudes (A), i.e. supporting employees in the adoption of a positive perspective when facing challenging work tasks by leveraging on self-identified strengths and personal resources; Meaningfulness (M), i.e. supporting employees’ awareness about the meaning attributed to their work; Identity (I), i.e. facilitating reflection on career aspirations; Leading-self (L), i.e. supporting employees planning on how to translate personal aspiration into concrete plans; and Yoked-together (Y), i.e. raising awareness and reflecting on the social processes defining one’s work role. By providing empirical evidence on the role of such an intervention to improve employees’ wellbeing, personal resources, and strengths use, this project contributes to advance knowledge on how positive experiences (contexts, strengths, and virtues, personal resources) can be used to protect against occupational risks. The project is characterized by the desire to develop an organizational intervention model (ie, FAMILY) with a specific focus on human resources that integrates the principles of positive psychology (Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi, 2000), job crafting (Wrzesniewski & Dutton, 2001 ), personal and team coaching (Seligman, 2007, Parks & Biswas-Diener, 2013) to develop strengths, talents and civic virtues (Peterson & Seligman, 2004) of each worker in the organization to optimize the person-organization relationship (PO fit), commitment, engagement, ethical leadership and other dimensions involved in aligning with the corporate ethical mission and respecting social responsibility. Starting from a climate analysis and a mapping of the current situation of each member of the organization, the project aims to bring about an improvement in the dimensions mentioned above thanks to interventions aimed at developing the skills necessary to optimize alignment, to the development of talents, strengths and civic virtues. Therefore, after the first phase of analysis, we will proceed with the structuring and delivery of interventions at multiple levels of the organization (Executive, Management, Sales Consultants, etc.). In this sense, the research will follow two distinct strands that together will contribute to the achievement of the development of the company’s resources and human potential. The first strand will be that of coaching (team and personal), in which the constructs of flow (Csikszentmihalyi, 2000), mindfulness (Jordan et al., 2009), and aptitude for crafting (Wrzesniewski & Dutton, 2001) will be measured. The second will be based on Job Crafting interventions (Demerouti, 2014). The measurement and verification of the results of the promoted interventions will constitute the subsequent phases of the project, which will end with the development of an intervention model based on an approach which brings together the principles of positive psychology, ethics and social responsibility, conscious capitalism, to propose a method that can represent an advancement in the context of corporate and managerial training. References Costantini, A., Ceschi, A., Viragos, A., De Paola, F., & Sartori, R. (2019). The role of a new strength-based intervention on organisation-based self-esteem and work engagement: A three-wave intervention study. Journal of Workplace Learning. De Paola, Francesco; Ceschi, Andrea; Costantini, Arianna; Sartori, Riccardo, Enhancing happiness at work and job crafting through a new positive psychology intervention in La psicologia del lavoro e il suo impatto sociale: il dialogo con le organizzazioni , Atti di “La psicologia del lavoro e il suo impatto sociale: il dialogo con le organizzazioni” , Roma , 27-29 settembre 2018 , 2018 , pp. 31-31 Costantini, A., & Sartori, R. (2018). The intertwined relationship between job crafting, work-related positive emotions, and work engagement. Evidence from a positive psychology intervention study. The Open Psychology Journal, 11(1). Costantini, Arianna; De Paola, Francesco; Ceschi, Andrea; Sartori, Riccardo; Meneghini, Anna M.; Di Fabio, Annamaria, Work engagement and psychological capital in the Italian public administration: A new resource-based intervention programme «JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGY» , vol. 43 , n. 0 , 2017 , pp. 1-11 Costantini, Arianna; Demerouti, Evangelia; Ceschi, Andrea; Sartori, Riccardo, A job crafting intervention based on the theory of planned behavior. Effects on cognition, behavior and work engagement. in 13th EAOHP Conference 2018 – Adapting to rapid changes in today’s workplace , Atti di “13th EAOHP Conference – Adapting to rapid changes in today’s workplace” , Lisbon, Portugal , 5-7 September 2018 , 2018 , pp. 44-45 Tommasi, Francesco; Costantini, Arianna; Cortese, Claudio; Fiorin, Monica; Ceschi, Andrea; Sartori, Riccardo, Crafting the university experience. Application of job crafting theory to train students through behavioral change. in 19th Eawop Congress – Working for the greater good. Abstract Book , Atti di “19th Eawop Congress – Working for the greater good” , Torino, Italy , 29th May – 1st June 2019 , 2019 , pp. 1986-1986 Costantini, Arianna; Demerouti, Evangelia; Ceschi, Andrea; Sartori, Riccardo, Intervention and communication processes to translate research into well-being at work. Evidence and experiences from research and practice. in 19th Eawop Congress – Working for the greater good. Abstract Book , Atti di “19th Eawop Congress – Working for the greater good” , Torino, Italy , 29th May – 1st June 2019 , 2019 , pp. 470-470 Costantini, Arianna; Sartori, Riccardo; Ceschi, Andrea, Job crafting paving the way towards workplace innovation. Testing the effect of a workplace intervention based on job crafting. in Workplace Innovation: present and future scoping of a new field. Symposium to be presented at 2018 EURAM conference. , Atti di “EURAM18” , University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland , 19-22 June 2018 , 2018 , pp. 1-15 Costantini, A., Turchet, C., Sartori, R., Ceschi, A., Il rientro al lavoro dopo la maternità: uno studio sul rapporto fra policy organizzative, supporto percepito e livelli di work-family balance nella determinazione di commitment, engagement e career satisfaction. in Programma dei lavori e contributi presentati , Atti di “Congresso annuale AIP 2015 – Sezione Organizzazioni.” , Palermo, Italia. , 17-19 Settembre , 2015 , pp. 100-100 Berry, L. L., Mirabito, A. M., & Baun, W. B. (2010). What’s the hard return on employee wellness programs. Harvard business review, 88(12), 104-112.