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Well-Being and Cultures

Perspectives from Positive Psychology

Knoop, Hans Henrik, Delle Fave, Antonella (Eds.)

2013, VI, 222 p.

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  • Contributes to a broader understanding of Positive Psychology between and across cultures
  • Brings together highly talented researchers working on important issues of human living
  • Combines theory with methodology and empirical studies

This anthology focuses on empirical studies comparing cultures in relation to central positive psychological topics. It contains selected papers from the 5th European Conference on Positive Psychology held in 2010 in Denmark. The book starts out with an introductory chapter that brings together the main ideas and findings within an integrative perspective, based on a broad theoretical framework encompassing interdisciplinary and methodological issues. It gives special emphasis to some open issues in the theory and assessment of culture-related dimensions, and to the potential of positive psychology in addressing them. The introductory chapter is followed by two chapters that examine theoretical approaches and instruments developed to assess happiness and well-being across cultures. Following that examination, five chapters are devoted to the relationship between well-being, cultures and values. The second half of the book prominently investigates well-being across cultures in the light of socio-economic factors.

This book shows that positive psychology, now officially well into its second decade, is providing still finer-grained perspectives on the diversity of cultures along with insights about our shared human nature, uniting us for better or worse.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Challenges in current cross-cultural research - Colourful global society - Positive Psychology and cross-cultural research - Research on the VIA Classification - The Pemberton Happiness Index - VIA Inventory Character Strenghts

Related subjects » Community Psychology - Psychology - Wellbeing & Quality-of-Life

Table of contents 

Chapter 1. Positive Psychology and cros-cultural research; Hans Henrik Knoop and Antonella Delle Fave.- Chapter 2. VIA Character Strenghts -Research and Practice: The First 10 Years; Ryan M. Niemiec.- Chapter 3. Addressing current challenges in cross-cultural measurement of well-being: The Pemberton Happiness Index; Carmelo Vazquez and Gonzalo Hervas.- Chapter 4. Comnunal values and individualism in our era of globalization: A comparative longitudinal study of different societies; Holde Eileen Nafstad and Erland Sand Bruer.- Chapter 5. The Relation of Basic Psychological Needs, Intrinsic and Extrinsicc Life Goals and Collectivism with Subjective Well-Being; A Case in Macedonia.- Chapter 6. The Ubiquity of the Character Strenghts in African Traditional Religion: A Thematic Analysis.- Chapter 7. Culture, Environmental Psychology and Well-Being: An Emergent Theoretical Framework; Nicola Rainisio.- Chapter 8. Religion, Spirituality and Well-Being across Nations: The Eudaimonic and Hedonic Happiness Investigation; Antonella Delle Fave, Ingrid Brdar, Dianne Vella-Brodrick and Marie P. Wissing.- Chapter 9. The Relationship of South African consumers' living standards and demographic variables with their life satisfaction.- Chapter 10. Circumstances of Well-Being among Czech College Students; Iva Solcava and Vladimir Kebza.- Chapter 11. Income is Not Associated with positive Affect, Life Satisfaction, and Subjective Happiness among Japanese Workers; Yasumasa Otsuka, Masashi Hori, and Junko Kawahito.- Chapter 12. Relationships between self Serving Attributional Bias and Subjective Well-being among Danish and Spanish Women; Pilar Sanjuana and Kristine Jensen de Lopez.- Chapter 13. Optimistic Attributional Style and Parental Behaviour in the Educational Framework: A Cross-Cultural Perpective; Loredana Ruxandra Gherasim, Simona Butnaru, Alin Gavreliuc and Luminita Mihaela Iacob.-  ​

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