A Study Developing Character Strengths in Managing Anxiety Levels of Individuals in Emerging Adulthood

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Özbey Duygu K. E., DENİZ M. E.

OPUS Toplum Araştırmaları Dergisi, vol.19, no.49, pp.727-737, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier


Character strengths not only increase the well-being of individuals, but also help them to overcome their negative life experiences in a better way. This study aims to increase five-character strengths and at the same time manage anxiety levels of individuals by 13 sessions of a strength-based group psychological counseling program formed by the researchers. 18-21 20 individuals aged between 18 and 21 (60% female, 40% male) from various departments participated in the experimental and control group. Data showed a statistically significant decrease in anxiety levels and an increase in the character strengths of zest for life and hope in the experimental group. Using character strengths as a tool may open a novel way for literature and members of different professions by interdisciplinarity to deal with anxiety. Developmental psychologists, psychological counselors, family counselors, members of the profession who work in parenting education, child development specialists, preschool teachers, and school principals may play vital roles in preventing high anxiety levels at an early life phase. Moreover, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and psychological counselor specialists may help individuals to maintain their well-being and manage their anxiety in an encouraging atmosphere. In this way, psychologically healthier individuals may constitute healthier societies in the long term.