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A bear of very little brain : positive psychology themes in the stories of Winnie the Pooh

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dc.contributor.advisor Terre Blanche, M. J. (Martin J.)
dc.contributor.advisor Saccaggi, C. Dohmen, Lizette 2017-02-23T09:16:29Z 2017-02-23T09:16:29Z 2016-02
dc.identifier.citation Dohmen, Lizette (2016) A bear of very little brain : positive psychology themes in the stories of Winnie the Pooh, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The aim of this study is to discover to what extent and in what way Peterson and Seligman’s (2004) twenty-four character strengths are present in Winnie the Pooh storybooks, and how they are depicted. Character strengths are a well-known theory in positive psychology and the analysis of children’s literature is a respected genre. A qualitative examination of the text was conducted using content and thematic analyses to extract examples of the strengths. The exemplars were coded and recoded before being subjected to a peer and supervisor review. The excerpts indicated that all strengths are depicted in the text, but Pooh is the only character to exhibit them all. A discussion of the findings revealed that no single strength could be deemed more prominent as they are intrinsically interconnected. It is recommended that the findings be reworked into a training manual for guardians to foster character strengths in young children. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xi, 108 pages) : illustrations
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Character strengths en
dc.subject Children’s literature en
dc.subject Content analysis en
dc.subject Courage en
dc.subject Humanity en
dc.subject Justice en
dc.subject Positive psychology en
dc.subject Qualitative en
dc.subject Resilience en
dc.subject Transcendence en
dc.subject Temperance en
dc.subject Thematic analysis en
dc.subject Values in action en
dc.subject Virtues en
dc.subject Well-being en
dc.subject Winnie the Pooh en
dc.subject Wisdom en
dc.subject.ddc 155.25
dc.subject.lcsh Character -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Personality development
dc.subject.lcsh Virtues -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Positive psychology
dc.subject.lcsh Child development
dc.subject.lcsh Moral development
dc.subject.lcsh Social values
dc.subject.lcsh Self-actualization (Psychology) in children
dc.subject.lcsh Children's literature -- Social aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Children's literature -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Content analysis (Communication)
dc.subject.lcsh Winnie-the-Pooh (Fictitious character)
dc.title A bear of very little brain : positive psychology themes in the stories of Winnie the Pooh en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Psychology M.A. (Psychology)

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