International nonprofit workers follow a sense of purpose or calling to serve humanity in the far corners of the world. This study is a phenomenology of thriving in this population. Parallel to the broader mental health field, there is a shift in focus from diagnosing pathology and reason for failure to promoting optimal functioning of this population. Positive psychology increased attention to optimal human function and the field of counseling has focused on wellness and development of people rather than treating pathology. This study has identified nine themes common to global workers who are thriving. Application is made to how workers and organizations can promote the well-being of global workers. Results are compared with established constructs of well-being.
|Advisor:||Sells, James N.|
|Commitee:||Davis, Pamela, Moriarty, Glendon|
|Department:||Psychology and Counseling|
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Expatriate, Humanitarian workers, Phenomenology, Thriving, Well-being|
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