A Positive Psychology Intervention in a Hindu Community: The Pilot Study of the Hero Lab Curriculum

Siddhi Sundar, Adil Qureshi, Panagis Galiatsatos

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Abstract

India has high rates of mental health issues among its youth and low-income communities experience a disproportionate amount of depression and suicide. Positive psychology, the act of promoting well-being, could be used as a tool to promote wellness and help improve the mental health of youth living in slum areas of India. A pilot positively psychology program, “The Hero Lab”, was conducted in a migratory slum in Worli, Mumbai, with trained Hindu community leaders implementing the interventions toward at-risk Hindu youth. The curriculum’s impact showed statistical improvement (p < 0.001) in happiness (General Happiness Scale from 11.24 ± 1.56 to 19.08 ± 3.32), grit (Grit Survey from 2.23 ± 0.34 to 3.24 ± 0.67), empathy (Toronto Empathy Questionnaire from 24.92 ± 3.27 to 41.96 ± 8.41), and gratitude (Gratitude Survey from 16.88 ± 3.47 to 27.98 ± 6.59). While a pilot study, the Hero Lab curriculum demonstrates that positive psychology interventions may be an important tool in improving mental health in at-risk children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2189-2198
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume55
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

Keywords

  • Hinduism
  • Mental health
  • Positive psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Medicine(all)
  • Religious studies

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