Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Positive Psychology Coaching and Its Impact on Midlife Executives
by Parsons, Mickey, Psy.D., California Southern University, 2016, 122; 10283810
Abstract (Summary)

Scope of Study: This study was designed to investigate the lived experiences of middle to executive level leaders who participated in positive psychology coaching during midlife. Through personal interviews, participants shared comprehensive descriptions of their experiences in an effort to provide a deep understanding of the ways in which they benefited both personally and professionally while facing challenges typically associated with middle age.

Findings and Conclusions: This study generated three major findings that support this effort (1) participating in positive psychology executive coaching provides focus and confidence that facilitates personal and professional growth during midlife by helping clients identify and overcome real life and work challenges while pursuing their over-arching goals; (2) the coaching experience and associated results largely vary from participant to participant based on their wants, goals and aspirations for the future; and (3) the client’s perception of coaching impact was tied, at least in part to the length of coaching, the quality of their relationship with the coach and a perceived positive experience. These results support the employment of positive psychology interventions as part of an executive coaching engagement, showing that to do so with midlife clients not only supports their goal achievement, but also facilitates resolution of other work and life challenges over time and within a quality client-coach relationship.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Andrews, Kathleen
Commitee: Lackey, Barbara, McKiernan, Patrick
School: California Southern University
Department: Behavioral Sciences
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 79/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Psychology, Occupational psychology
Keywords: Coaching at midlife, Executive coaching, Flourishing at midlife, Leadership development, Positive psychology coaching
Publication Number: 10283810
ISBN: 978-0-355-55815-9
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