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Capitalizing on Personal Strengths in College

Kelly M Bowers1 / Shane J Lopez2

1Clifton Strengths School

2Clifton Strengths School/Gallup

Citation Information: Journal of College and Character. Volume 11, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1940-1639, DOI: 10.2202/1940-1639.1011, March 2010

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This study aims to gather descriptive information about students’ use of strengths using qualitative theory. Strengths programming directors nominated students based on explicit criteria. The students were interviewed on their backgrounds, strengths programs, signature strengths, strengths application, capitalizing, and benefits of capitalizing. Data indicate that college students who are the best of the best at using their strengths—the capitalizers—utilize sustained social supports and build on successful experiences that give them the confidence to apply their strengths in new situations.

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