Kate Hefferon

Kate Hefferon
University of East London | UEL · Department of Psychology

PhD Psychology

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Background: The negative aftermath of acquired disability has been studied rigorously. The research on achievement and success after an acquired disability is still in its infancy, and more research is needed on the positive psychological outcomes that may arise as a result of surviving and dealing with trauma. Objective: This study aimed to provid...
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Both separately and in conjunction, mindfulness and positive psychological interventions have been found to increase wellbeing against a number of measures. Research has been primarily based upon the application of self-report scales, and little has yet been done to examine the lived experience of participants. The aim of this study therefore was t...
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Applying innovative methodology, we explored the efficacy of SPARK Resilience Programme––a new universal school-based resilience-promoting programme––regarding effects on depression symptoms and resilience in a high risk population in England. Quantitative and qualitative methods were combined in an exploratory two cohort treatment/control design w...
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Data of the current paper is provided in the following SPSS file: MASTERFILE_ALL_DATA_27022017.sav. (SAV)
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As positive psychology has matured as a discipline, sub-fields have emerged focusing on particular areas, including a number concentrating on specific life stages. These include positive parenting, positive education, positive youth development, and positive aging. However, until now, there has not been a systematic appreciation of these various de...
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Studies conducted in various contexts and with varied populations have found expressive writing enhances physical and psychological wellbeing. This pilot intervention study countered the predominantly quantitative evidence by adopting a qualitative methodology, exploring the experience of using positive emotions in expressive writing. Participants...
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Since its emergence in 1998, positive psychology has flourished. Among its successes is the burgeoning field of applied positive psychology (APP), involving interventions to promote wellbeing. However, the remit of APP is currently unclear. As such, we offer a meta-theoretical conceptual map delineating the terrain that APP might conceivably cover,...
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Positive Psychology has evolved rapidly over the past decade, attracting an ever-increasing number of adherents in academia and beyond. In just over 15 years since the emergence of the field, interest has grown exponentially, drawing in both new students and established scholars, generating a proliferation of journal articles and international conf...
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Posttraumatic growth (PTG) refers to the transformative process that can lead to positive changes after dealing with a traumatic event. Furthermore, different traumas have been found to lead to differing processes and outcomes from each other. This study is expanding on the Hefferon, Grealy, and Mutrie (2009) study in which they discovered that the...
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This chapter shows that physical activity has the capacity to prevent mental illness, to foster positive emotions, to buffer individuals against the stresses of life, and to facilitate thriving after adversity. This chapter provides an overview of what is known about the effects of physical activity on psychological function and to raise awareness...
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This chapter introduces the concept of embodiment and argues that positive psychology has an opportunity to go beyond this deficiency in research and practice toward a more holistic, embodied approach to human flourishing. First, it discusses the research area of embodied cognition and its effects on emotions and overall well-being. Next, it review...
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Conceptually, the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS; Diener et al. in J Pers Assess 49(1):71–75, 1985) emphasizes evaluations comparing actual and expected life circumstances. Contrastingly we developed the Harmony in Life Scale (HILS) emphasizing psychological balance and flexibility in life. Study 1 (476 participants) developed the HILS. In Stud...
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Fashion is clearly under-represented within contemporary psychology. Amongst the few empirical works that do exist, individual clothing behaviours are frequently dealt with in a context of psychological ill-being. This contradicts earlier psychological writings where clothing practices were thought to be life-affirming and well-being enhancing acti...
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Research on acquired disability has traditionally taken a pathological approach to examining the way it affects individuals (Elliott & Kennedy, 2004; Lucas, 2007a, 2007b). Depression has been the most examined psychological state in people with acquired disability (Elliott & Umlauf, 1995). In more recent years, the focus has started to shift to und...
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Positive psychology has been criticized for the lack of research on the role of the body in wellbeing. As the research into the many variables that influence subjective wellbeing (SWB) continues, the important role of body awareness (BA) on SWB has been neglected. It was hypothesised that there would be a significant predictive relationship between...
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Due to the amount of literature supporting exercise participation after cancer diagnosis, there has been recent interest in barriers to exercise engagement among cancer patients. However, little is known regarding reasons why people choose to disengage and how this disengagement occurs over time. This study aimed to qualitatively study the perceive...
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The potential for personal growth in cross-cultural travel has been posited by numerous psychologists; however, a “gaping hole” in empirical research has left these hypotheses unexplored. Meanwhile, rapidly increasing numbers of people are choosing to leave their careers to pursue a personal dream of extensive foreign travel. The aim of this study...
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Background Conceptually, Satisfaction with life evaluations emphasize the shortcomings of actual, as compared with expected, life circumstances. On its own, this conceptualization might represent a narrow view of cognitive w ell-being; which further might be difficult to sustain because of the overemphasis on individuals’ expectations considering t...
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With a growing trend to advocate physical activity as an adjunct to mental health treatment, this study aimed to assess the motivations, expectations and experiences of a 6-week structured physical activity programme, specifically Boxercise, for individuals with mental health difficulties. This study consisted of one pre-intervention focus group (F...
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Introduction Positive Psychology Further Coaching Activities Future Research Conclusion References
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This study identifies positive psychology concepts and interventions in an offender rehabilitation program in South Africa. The concepts and interventions are cross-referenced to the literature and are found to conform to the principles of the good livesdesistance model (Laws & Ward, 2011). The study uses inductive thematic analysis (Braun & Clarke...
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Purpose In an earlier randomised controlled trial, we showed that early stage breast cancer patients who received a supervised exercise programme, with discussion of behaviour change techniques, had psychological and functional benefits 6 months after the intervention. The purpose of this study was to determine if benefits observed at 6 months pers...
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The potential to flourish as a student has emerged as a topic of debate amid the current period of economic transition in British Higher Education (HE). The present study sought to explore the concept of 'flourishing' as it is constructed by students in British HE. An open-ended questionnaire was distributed to 222 students across two post-1992 (fo...
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st , 2012; revised November 5 th , 2012; accepted November 29 th , 2012 Objective: Posttraumatic growth (PTG) is the phenomenon of surpassing levels of functioning than which existed before a traumatic event occurred. The objective of this study was to assess how the body may have had an influence on the facilitation, and as an outcome, of PTG. Met...
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This chapter discusses the origins of the positive psychology movement; the main theoretical areas within positive psychology, such as positive emotions, resilience, and psychological well-being; and how physical activity provides a stellar medium for application of these concepts. Furthermore, the chapter discusses the links between the discipline...
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This study aimed to assess the influence of the royal wedding on the wellbeing of individuals who participated in the celebrations. We hypothesised that individuals who celebrated the national event with their community would score higher on subjective wellbeing (SWB) scales. Participants included 215 male and females of the general population atte...
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This is the Psychologist article from October 2011 and is available open access at https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-24/edition-10/methods-interpretative-phenomenological-analysis
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The diagnosis of cancer has the potential to elicit positive change (posttraumatic growth [PTG]) through the experience of trauma and adversity. However, psychology and clinical practices and most recently positive psychology have been criticized for their indifference toward the influence of the body on positive psychological functioning. The aim...
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Post-traumatic growth (PTG) is the phenomenon of positive change through the experience of trauma and adversity (O'Leary & Ickovics, 1995). Research suggests that the type of trauma sustained could have differing processes and outcomes from each other (Demark-wahnefried et al., 2000; Sabiston, McDonough, and Crocker, 2007). The aim of this study wa...
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Post-traumatic growth (PTG) is the phenomenon of positive change through the experience of trauma and has been linked recently to the participation in group based therapies. The aim of this study was the explorative documentation of the experience of PTG among breast cancer patients and the role, if any, that a group based physical activity interve...
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The subjective experience of flow in professional dancers was analyzed using interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA). Flow is believed to be a psychological state in which the mind and body ‘just click’, creating optimal performance. Unfortunately, sport and performance research have severely neglected reviewing the flow experience in dancers,...

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