The main focus of the Quality of Life, Health and Wellbeing Research Group is to enhance our diverse experiences of life.

Research areas

Enhancing quality of life at work

This research focuses on how to make people happier at work and we have developed a tool to measure Stress and the Quality of Working Life. The Work-Related Quality of Life scale was originally developed in UK NHS Trusts and is now being used worldwide to benchmark and compare the Quality of Working Life of healthcare employees. The surveys assess the main elements of employee health and wellbeing, including work demands, general well being, job satisfaction and control at work.

Empowering people with learning disabilities

This research examines talk about facilitating the choices and control of people with learning disabilities, power relations in interactions with people labelled as learning disabled and how the support staff /carer/parent identity and learning disabled identity are constructed in talk. Also, enabling therapeutic practices with people intellectual disabilities and their support networks, including practices that challenge disablism.

Enhancing life in later years

This research includes how to help partners who are the carers of their spouse with Alzheimer’s; ageing and perceptions of grumpiness; perceptions of ageing when living in care and techniques to aid memory of those with dementia.

Exploring techniques for enhancing wellbeing

The use of mindfulness in eating regulation; the use of ‘self help’ books; how mobile phone apps aimed to improve mental health can influence wellbeing; our understanding of the ‘self’ (identity) and the some implications for well-being (including materialism and ‘rational choice’; money in intimate relationships; gender and household money management; identity and economic practices; national identity and its social psychological consequences).

Enhancing student experience and learning success

This research explores the impact of theories of self and learning context on learning behaviour, resilience, choices and outcomes; careers destinations of Higher Education students and careers counselling in the Third World, as well as developing a sense of community and its relationship to academic attainment . For example, one project is Resilience in Junior School Pupils. Working alongside Local Education Authorities, including Portsmouth City Council to support the enhancement of aspirations and resilience of school pupils, including a Hampshire wide project, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). The project will reach over 2,000 pupils in 36 primary schools in disadvantaged areas. For further information on this project, please contact Dr Sherria Hoskins.

Multisensory perception

It may seem obvious to state that perception is rarely (if ever) unisensory, but it is only fairly recently that psychology has examined how this applies to food and drink. Research carried out by this group has shown how the influence of music and distraction can affect the initial taste(sweetness/alcohol strength) of alcohol, which is important as it helps explain how music can lead to faster and greater consumption of alcohol.

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