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Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 269–291 | Cite as

The Impact of Positive Psychological Interventions on Well-Being in Healthy Elderly People

  • Pitchada Sutipan
  • Ungsinun Intarakamhang
  • Ann Macaskill
Review Article

Abstract

This systematic review aims to evaluate the impact of positive psychological interventions (PPIs) on well-being in healthy older adults. Systematic review of PPIs obtained from three electronic databases (PsycINFO, Scopus, and Web of Science) was undertaken. Inclusion criteria were: that they were positive psychology intervention, included measurement of well-being, participants were aged over 60 years, and the studies were in English. The cochrane collaboration Guidelines dimensions of quality control, randomization, comparability, follow-up rate, dropout, blinding assessors are used to rate the quality of studies by two reviewers independently. The reach, efficacy, adoption, implementation, and maintenance (RE-AIM) for evaluation of PPIs effectiveness was also applied. The final review included eight articles, each describing a positive psychological intervention study. The reminiscence interventions were the most prevalent type of PPIs to promote and maintain well-being in later life. Only two studies were rated as high quality, four were of moderate-quality and two were of low-quality. Overall results indicated that efficacy criteria (89 %), reach criteria (85 %), adoption criteria (73 %), implementation criteria (67 %), and maintenance criteria (4 %) across a variety of RE-AIM dimensions. Directions for future positive psychological research related to RE-AIM, and implications for decision-making, are described.

Keywords

Positive psychological intervention Well-being Older people RE-AIM Systematic review 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This study was financially supported by the Thailand Research Fund through the Royal Golden Jubilee Ph.D. Program (Grant No. PHD/0002/2556).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pitchada Sutipan
    • 1
  • Ungsinun Intarakamhang
    • 1
  • Ann Macaskill
    • 2
  1. 1.Behavioral Science Research Institute (BSRI)Srinakharinwirot UniversityBangkokThailand
  2. 2.Psychology Research GroupSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK

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