USA Today mental health article cites Jane Dutton’s research

September 21, 2020

A study by Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) core faculty member Jane Dutton is mentioned in the USA Today article “COVID-19 has devastated Americans’ mental health. Here’s a simple way all of us can help.

The article advocates for individuals nationwide to become “artisans of the common good” to help counteract an increasing epidemic of suicide.

It cites a 2001 study Dutton conducted at a Midwest hospital. She interviewed janitors at the hospital and noted small acts of consideration—such as a patient greeting a janitor when he entered the room—improved their self-image.

“Artisans make the most of life’s every day junctures by celebrating the value of those they meet, whether or not a person can do something to benefit them in return and regardless of whether they are family or friend,” the article says.

Dutton is a CPO co-founder and the Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Emerita Professor of Business Administration and Psychology at the University of Michigan.