The lived experience of self-identifying character strengths through coaching: An interpretative phenomenological analysis

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Fouracres, A. J. S. and Van Nieuwerburgh, C. 2020. The lived experience of self-identifying character strengths through coaching: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring. 18 (1), pp. 43-56. https://doi.org/10.24384/e0jp-9m61
AuthorsFouracres, A. J. S. and Van Nieuwerburgh, C.
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The study aimed to expand the understanding of the experience of people who self-identify their character strengths. The data came from semi-structured interviews held after a coaching intervention using strengths cards. Analysis using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) revealed four themes: Identifying strengths is instinctive, yet complex; experiencing the subjective self; identifying strengths is multi-faceted; and strengths are brought into awareness. The findings suggest that the lived experience of self-identifying strengths is complex and positive. This study may provide coaches and positive psychology practitioners insights about how strengths identification tools and interventions are experienced subjectively.

JournalInternational Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring
Journal citation18 (1), pp. 43-56
ISSN1741-8305
Year2020
PublisherOxford Brookes University
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.24384/e0jp-9m61
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Accepted10 Dec 2019
Deposited12 Feb 2020
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