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Presentation Master's Thesis - Obed Appiah - Clinical Psychology

Last modified on 08-11-2022
Application of the Good Lives Model in a student population
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Start date
09-11-2022 14:00
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09-11-2022 15:00

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Roetersstraat 11 



The Good Lives Model (GLM) as an offender rehabilitation theory stipulates that offenders will not offend if they achieve certain Primary Goods (PG) in their lives. These PG includes life, knowledge and friendship. We tested the hypotheses that when people have important goals in their lives and have internal capacities, they will achieve those goals and engage less in antisocial behaviour. We recruited students from the Netherlands and they filled out questionnaires online. 148 of them were included in data analyses. The questionnaire asked about important PG in their lives, self-regulation, achievement of their PG and antisocial behaviour. Consistent with our prediction, at a high level of conscientiousness, the importance of the PG was associated with less engagement in proactive aggression and antisocial behaviour. 

On the other hand, contrary to our prediction, a high level of lack of emotion-based rash action, and the importance of the PG was associated with lower GPA, more reactive aggression, more proactive aggression and more antisocial behaviour. Other findings were that higher importance of the PG and more conscientiousness were associated with higher achievement of the PG but more lack of emotion-based rash action was associated with less achievement of the PG. We discuss the implication of the study on the GLM in light of the limitation of the study. These results provide partial support for the GLM in the student population. It also supports the additional benefit that the GLM adds to treatment.