Restoring and preserving capacity of self-affirmation for well-being in Indian adults with non-clinical depressive tendencies
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Department of Psychology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. Harisingh Gour University, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh, India
Submission date: 2020-12-27
Final revision date: 2021-02-21
Acceptance date: 2021-02-24
Online publication date: 2021-04-10
Publication date: 2021-06-22
Current Issues in Personality Psychology 2021;9(2):135–147
Although self-affirmation has been reported to enhance well-being and other positive life outcomes in normal adults, little is known about its capacity to restore and preserve well-being in adults with depressive tendencies. The current study attempts to expound the restoring and preserving capacity of self-affirmation for well-being in Indian adults with non-clinical depressive tendencies.

Participants and procedure:
The study used a sequential research design. Eighty participants (22-27 years) with depressive tendencies were chosen through purposive sampling and were randomly assigned equally to the experimental and control conditions. Their depressive tendencies and well-being were measured through standard scales at three intervals: pre-intervention, post-intervention and follow-up.

The study used a sequential research design. Eighty participants (22-27 years) with depressive tendencies were chosen through purposive sampling and were randomly assigned equally to the experimental and control conditions. Their depressive tendencies and well-being were measured through standard scales at three intervals: pre-intervention, post-intervention and follow-up.

The findings showed that self-affirmation helps to restore well-being as well as preserve it after a significant gap, which is evi-dent in higher well-being mean scores of the experimental group taken at post-intervention and follow-up intervals. The positive effects of self-affirmation on well-being may have remained active even after the cessation of the intervention due to the underly-ing mechanisms of enhanced self-worth, positive values, inner strengths, positive attributions and interpersonal relationships.

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