Study with strength

The aim of the research project Study with Strength is to contribute to new findings on the effects of a positive psychology intervention course on the well-being and study capacity of general upper secondary school students in Finland. The project is a collaboration between the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki and the Research Center at the Folkhälsan Foundation.

The project was initiated due to numerous requests by upper secondary schools: twelve general upper secondary schools in Finland have participated in the project.

Research methods

The study follows a partly randomized wait list control group design. The effects of an intervention course in positive education, which combines both theory and practice, is measured. The research follows a mixed methods approach and the data-collection consists of pre and post standardized questionnaires, salivary samples measuring cortisol levels, oxytocin and inflammation markers as well as in-depth interviews with both students and teachers.

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Cooperation and funding

This is a joint research project between the Faculty of Education and Folkhälsan Research Center.

Funding received 2019 & 2021 from The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland.

Research team

Monica Londen, Project leader
Åse Fagerlund, Project leader
Stefania Fält, PhD student
Nina Hongell-Ekholm, PhD student
Pehr Jakobsson, PhD student
Olivia Dahllund
Michelle Gustafsson


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