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Mental Well-Being

International Contributions to the Study of Positive Mental Health

Keyes, Corey L.M. (Ed.)

2013, VIII, 388 p.

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  • Brings together for the first time the growing scientific literature on positive mental health, that is now being conducted in many countries around the world
  • Provides students and scholars with an invaluable source for teaching and for generating new ideas for furthering this important line of research
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This book provides a new generation of research in which scholars are investigating mental health and human development as not merely the absence of illness or dysfunction, but also the presence of subjective well-being. Subjective well-being is a fundamental facet of the quality of life. Nations, communities, or individuals who are wealthier, have more education, and live longer are considered to have higher quality of life or personal well-being. The subjective standpoint emerged during the 1950s as an important alternative to the objective approach to measuring individual’s well-being.

Research has clearly shown that measures of subjective well-being, which are conceptualized as indicators of mental health (or ‘mental well-being’), are factorially distinct from but correlated with measures of symptoms of common mental disorders such as depression. Despite countless proclamations that health is not merely the absence of illness, there had been little or no empirical research to verify this assumption. Research now supports the hypothesis that health is not merely the absence of illness, it is also the presence of higher levels of subjective well-being.

This edited volume brings together for the first time the growing scientific literature on positive mental health that is now being conducted in many countries other than the USA and provides students and scholars with an invaluable source for teaching and for generating new ideas for furthering this important line of research.

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Keywords » Cultural Differences of Happiness - Levels of Well-Being in Africa - Mental Health Promotion - Mental Health across the Lifespan - Mental Health in South Australian Youth - Mental Health in South Korea - Mental Illness in the Netherlands - Mental Well-Being in Iran - Nature of Happiness - Positive Mental Health - Positive Psychology Interventions - Positive mental health in China - Self-Control Skills of Children and Adolescents - WEBWBS - flourishing happiness - life satisfaction - mental health and well-being - salutogenesis - subjective well-being

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

Table of contents 

Prologue; Corey Keyes.- PART I. TOWARD AN INTERNATIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGY OF POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH.- Chapter 1. Promoting and  Protecting Positive Mental Health: Early and Often Throughout the Lifespan; Corey Keyes.- Chapter 2. Complete Mental Health in South Australian Youth: Measurement, Prevalence and Promotion; Anthony Venning, Jaklin Eliott, Lisa Kettler and Anne Wilson.-  Chapter 3. The Complete Mental Health Model: The Social Distribution of Mental Health and Mental Illness in the Dutch Population.- Chapter 4. The Prevalence of Levels of Well-Being Revisited in an African Context; Marie Wissing and Michael Temane.- Chapter 5. Prevalence and Correlates of Complete Mental Health in the South Korean Adult Population; Young-Jin Lin, Young-Gun Ko, Hee-Cheon Shin, and Yongrae Cho.- Chapter 6. Positive Mental Health: Measurement,
Prevalence and Correlates in a Chinese Context; Keli Yin, Jiamei He and Yanfen Fu.- Chapter 7. The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scales (WEMWBS): Performance in Different Cultural and Geographical Groups.- Sarah Stewart-Brown.- PART II.  TOWARD AN INTERNATIONALIZED UNDERSTANDING OF MECHANISMS OF POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH.- Chapter 8. Universals and Cultural Differences in the Causes and Structure of Happiness: A Multilevel Review; Ed Diener.- Chapter 9. Mental Well-Being in Iran: The importance of a Comprehensive Well-Being in Understanding the Linkages of Personality and Values; Mohsen Joshanloo.- Chapter 10. Emotional Well-Being and Self-Control Skills of Children and Adolescents: The Israeli Perspectives; Michael Rosenbaum and Tammie Ronen.- Chapter 11. The Nature of Happiness: Nature Affiliation and Mental Well-Being; Andrew Howell and Holli-Anne Passmore.- Chapter 12. Physiological Correlates of Mental Well-Being; Petra Lindfors.- PART III. TOWARD THE APPLICATION OF POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH INTERNATIONALLY.- Chapter 13. Recovery: A Complete Mental Health Perspective; Helene Provencher.- Chapter 14. The Significance of Salutogenis and Well-Being in Mental Health Promotion: From Theory to Practice; Eva Langeland.- Chapter 15. Positive Psychology Interventions: Research Evidence, Practical Utility, and Future Steps; Dianne Vella-Brodick.- Chapter 16.  Promoting Positive Mental Health and Well-Being: Practice and Policy.; Margaret Barry.-

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