Abstract

Research is in its infancy in the newly emerging field of coaching psychology. This
study examined the effects of a 10-week cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused
life coaching group programme. Participants were randomly allocated to a life
coaching group programme (n=28) or a waitlist control group (n=28).
Participation in the life coaching group programme was associated with significant
increases in goal striving, well-being and hope, with gains maintained up to 30
weeks later on some variables. Hope theory may explain such positive outcomes.
Life coaching programmes that utilize evidence-based techniques may provide a
framework for further research on psychological processes that occur in non-
clinical populations who wish to make purposeful change and enhance their positive
psychological functioning.

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