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Psychology | Positive Psychology in Latin America

Positive Psychology in Latin America

Castro Solano, Alejandro (Ed.)

2014, XII, 273 p. 30 illus., 20 illus. in color.

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  • Provides a culture-fair perspective on positive psychology research and practice
  • Provides a deep understanding of the ways in which context can affect practice, intervention and research results
  • Includes topics related to positive communities and citizenship behaviors ​

This volume describes a culture-fair perspective on positive psychology research and practice in Latin America. It provides a deep understanding of the ways in which context can affect practice, intervention and research results. The development of Positive Psychology in areas such as test adaptation and construction, prediction of academic achievement and empowerment of children at risk is presented. Furthermore, topics related to positive communities and citizenship behaviors are included.

The volume is organized into four sections. The first section presents the importance of test adaption and construction in order to assess Positive Psychology constructs, with a special focus on well-being as a core construct. The second section summarizes a group of research studies carefully designed to predict academic achievement applying Positive Psychology constructs. The third section outlines a set of studies intended to develop flow, resilience, social skills and positive emotions in children at risk. And finally the fourth and last section introduces two points of view focused on communities in order to assess positive dimensions and to promote positive behaviors.

This volume, aimed at researchers and Psychology, Education, Health and the Social Sciences students, is a useful tool for people interested in the development of Positive Psychology in Latin American countries.​

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Academic Achievement of Argentine Students - Childhood Prosocial Behavior in Schools - Community and Health in Latin America - Cultural competences of international students - Happiness and Well-Being in Latin America - Positive Communities - Positive Emotions in Children - Positive Organizations in Latin america - Positive Psychology Ibero-American Meetings - Positive Psychology and Academic Achievement - Positive Psychology and Childhood - Positive Psychology in Latin America - Promotion of Resiliency in Children - Psychological Well-being - Studies on Well-being in Latin America

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

Table of contents 

Part I. General Approach to Positive Psychology in Latin America.- Chapter 1. Overview of Positive Psychology in Latin American Countries; Alejandro Castro Solano.- Chapter 2. Latin-American Studies on Well-Being; Alejandro Castro Solano.- Chapter 3. Positive Psychological Assessment in Latin America; Maria Laura Lupano Perugini.- Part II. Positive Psychology and Academic Achievement.- Chapter 4. Perceived Parenting Style: Its Central Role in Psychological Adjustment and Academic Achievement of Argentine Students; Mercedes Fernández Liporace and Guadalupe de la Iglesia.- Chapter 5. Cultural Competences of International Students: Its Role on Successful Sociocultural and Psychological Adaptation; Alejandro Castro Solano and Ines Aristegui.- Chapter 6. Character Strengths: Measurement and Studies in Argentina with Military and General Population Samples; Alejandro C. Cosentino.- Chapter 7. Positive Psychology and Academic Performance: A Brazilian Initiative; Lilian Graziano.- Part III. Positive Psychology and Childhood.- Chapter 8. Positive Emotions in Children: Current Research and Future Directions; Laura Oros.- Chapter 9. Optimal Experience in Argentinean Children and Adolescents; Belén Mesurado and María Cristina Richaud de Minzi.- Chapter 10. Childhood Pro Social Behavior in the School Environment; Vivian N. Lemos and María Cristina Richaud de Minzi.-.- Chapter 11. Promotion of Resilience in Children in Social Vulnerability; María Cristina Richaud de Minzo and Viviana N. Lemos.- Chapter 12. Social Skills of Children in Vulnerable Conditions in Northern Argentina; Ana Betina Lacunza.- Part IV. Positive Psychology: Community and Health.- Chapter 13. Positive Communities: Dimensions for Assessment and Intervention; Graciela Tonon.- Chapter 14. Re-inventing School to Develop Active Citizens; Ulisses F. Araujo and Valeria A. Arantes.- Chapter 15. The Influence Relations among Three Traditions of Well-Being and Social Support, and the Associations with Age and Health; Lucia Helena W. de Freitas.

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