Infusing Positive Psychology with Spirituality in a Strength-Based Group Career Counseling to Evaluate College Students’ State Anxiety

  •  Huiling Peng    


The present study examined the effect of group career counseling (GCC) by infusing positive psychology and spirituality on undergraduate students’ state anxiety. A total of 187 Taiwanese college students took the strength-based group career coursing courses and assigned to experimental groups, responded to the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. After the subjects had participated in the model of career education course, the experimental groups score on state anxiety decreased. A Pearson Product-moment correlation matrix described the relationships between the state anxiety score and the 4 sub scores of the Problem Solving Scale and Spirituality total score. The multiple regression analysis of the state anxiety scale used gender, age and 4 sub scores of the Problem Solving and Spirituality scale as predictor variables. The predictor variables (“trait anxiety”, “purpose and meaning in life”, “problem-solving confidence” and “personal control” subscales of the “PSI”) were able to account for 48% of the variance of State Anxiety. Implications for future research and recommendations for incorporating positive psychology with spirituality into GCC are discussed.

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