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Journal of Management Development

ISSN: 0262-1711

Online from: 1982

Subject Area: Human Resource Management

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Working on the positive emotional attractor through training in health care


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Title:Working on the positive emotional attractor through training in health care
Author(s):Loren R. Dyck, (Case Western Reserve University, South Euclid, Ohio, USA), Aleece Caron, (Veterans Administration HSR&D Center for Quality Improvement Research, Cleveland, Ohio, USA), David Aron, (Case Western Reserve University, South Euclid, Ohio, USA and Veterans Administration HSR&D Center for Quality Improvement Research, Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Citation:Loren R. Dyck, Aleece Caron, David Aron, (2006) "Working on the positive emotional attractor through training in health care", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 25 Iss: 7, pp.671 - 688
Keywords:Change management, Diabetes, Health services, Individual behaviour, Individual psychology
Article type:Conceptual paper
DOI:10.1108/02621710610678481 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – The aim of this paper is to link complexity theory to the intentional change process by examining the role of emotional attraction. A research study currently underway on intentional change theory (ICT) in a healthcare context is presented.

Design/methodology/approach – This paper uses the concept of “attractors” from complexity theory to suggest that emotion affects the process of intentional change in different ways dependent upon whether the emotion is positive or negative. Determination of the emotion in this way proposes the existence of either a positive emotional attractor (PEA) or a negative emotional attractor (NEA). The paper discusses positive psychology's perspective on the differential impacts of positive and negative emotion. The paper also outlines an ongoing research project at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center which examines the concept of PEA and its effect on diabetes self-management as well as its consequent role in improved health.

Findings – A review of the literature and subsequent development of hypotheses and the conceptual model, indicate education for chronically ill adults must be purposeful and directed toward a self-perceived need for personal change; include their own disease experience; allow them to become active participants in learning; and lastly, the learning process should be considerate of individual cognitive ability.

Originality/value – ICT could address the needs of chronically ill patients as its focus is a self-directed journey to personal change and learning. The potential of ICT is enormous given that diabetes is a national problem that has reached epidemic proportions.



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