Feasibility and acceptability study of a positive psychology application for people with bipolar disorder.


In bipolar disorder (a severe mental illness, characterised by recurrent mood episodes with manic, hypomanic and depressive episodes altered with euthymic periods), positive psychology interventions are rarely applied. Although there is evidence that PPI’s can fill in a current gap between treatment and unmet needs.

The current study is designed to study the acceptability of the application and to study the feasibility of the design of the study. We will use a mixed-method design of quantitative and qualitative methods.

This study contains a mixed-method design of quantitative and qualitative methods and aims to investigate the feasibility of the main research and acceptability of the intervention in the target group of people with bipolar disorders. The study consists of an intervention (20 participants) and a control group (20 participants).

The intervention is based on the principles of positive psychology. The app contains exercises in different categories of PPI’s based on the outcomes of a study among consumers with a bipolar disorder and professionals treating patients with bipolar disorder during seven weeks.
The aim of the intervention is to support the personal recovery, improving mental health (i.g. well-being), improve positive relations and positive feelings and reduce depressive symtoms or subsyndromale feelings of depression
Quantitative data will be obtained by several measures, using the following questionnaires:
The qualitative data are collected in accordance with a topic list based on the 60 concepts of acceptability. Semi-structured interviews are held with the participants.

In kader van:
Deelonderzoek in het kader van promotie
Duur van het onderzoek:
september 2020 tot juni 2021
Gezondheidstechnologie, Positieve gezondheid
Bart Geerling