Toward a theory of positive psychology in supporting child-centred family language policy

Juusola, Katariina (2023) Toward a theory of positive psychology in supporting child-centred family language policy. Masters thesis, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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This dissertation focuses on exploring the role of positive psychology in the design of child-centred family language policy (FLP) to support home language maintenance in transnational bilingual families with young children learning two or more languages simultaneously at home. This study aims to understand and describe how FLP is co�constructed by the members of transnational bilingual families who have sought to build a child-centred FLP and practices to facilitate building a thriving environment for bilingual language maintenance. In doing this, the research aims to understand the role and use of positive psychology in such attempts to develop a theoretical model explaining successful bilingual home language maintenance through positive FLP strategies. The study uses data collected from online blogs in which bilingual families share their experiences and strategies in raising active bilingual children. Based on the literature and the findings of the data, the study develops a theoretical model titled “Positive FLP model for child-centred home language maintenance” which connects the elements of positive psychology, the micro-elements of FLP, as well as macro elements shaping the FLP that form parental language beliefs and ideology based on their personal experiences and considering the societal context in which the family resides. The findings contribute to a psychologically oriented stream of studies on FLP and offer valuable insights for transnational families seeking more effective and meaningful strategies to enhance home language maintenance.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Family language policy, FLP, OPOL, positive psychology, home language, bilingualism, multilingualism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Theses and Dissertations > Masters Dissertations
Depositing User: Natalie Williams
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2023 09:09
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2023 09:09

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