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The Influence of Flow on Positive Affect in College Students

The Influence of Flow on Positive Affect in College Students The purpose of this study was to examine whether engaging in flow promoting activities would lead to increased positive affect (PA). Participants in this study consisted of 57 undergraduate university students who participated in order to receive extra credit in a psychology class. The randomly assigned high flow induction group performed a flow activity for 1 h, and filled out the PANAS and Flow State Scale 2 before and after the activity. The low flow induction group performed a low flow activity for the same amount of time and filled out both questionnaires as well. Findings indicated that participants in the high flow condition reported higher increases in PA and flow than those in the low flow condition, and that change in flow mediated the relationship between group and change in PA. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Happiness Studies Springer Journals

The Influence of Flow on Positive Affect in College Students

Journal of Happiness Studies , Volume 10 (2) – Aug 14, 2007

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2007 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Subject
Social Sciences; Quality of Life Research; Personality and Social Psychology; Economics, general; Quality of Life Research; Philosophy, general; Positive Psychology
ISSN
1389-4978
eISSN
1573-7780
DOI
10.1007/s10902-007-9069-y
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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine whether engaging in flow promoting activities would lead to increased positive affect (PA). Participants in this study consisted of 57 undergraduate university students who participated in order to receive extra credit in a psychology class. The randomly assigned high flow induction group performed a flow activity for 1 h, and filled out the PANAS and Flow State Scale 2 before and after the activity. The low flow induction group performed a low flow activity for the same amount of time and filled out both questionnaires as well. Findings indicated that participants in the high flow condition reported higher increases in PA and flow than those in the low flow condition, and that change in flow mediated the relationship between group and change in PA.

Journal

Journal of Happiness StudiesSpringer Journals

Published: Aug 14, 2007

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