Positive psychology progress: empirical validation of interventions.

  title={Positive psychology progress: empirical validation of interventions.},
  author={M. Seligman and Tracy A. Steen and Nansook Park and Christopher Peterson},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  volume={60 5},
Positive psychology has flourished in the last 5 years. The authors review recent developments in the field, including books, meetings, courses, and conferences. They also discuss the newly created classification of character strengths and virtues, a positive complement to the various editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (e. g., American Psychiatric Association, 1994), and present some cross-cultural findings that suggest a surprising ubiquity of strengths and… 
A replication and conceptual evaluation of commonly used positive psychology interventions
What makes people happy is an increasingly important question for clinical practice and public health. The major line of research and intervention in this area, positive psychology, focuses on
Cultivating Subjective Well-Being through Positive Psychological Interventions
Positive Psychological Interventions are activities that have been demonstrated to cause a positive change in a population by increasing a positive variable (e.g., optimism). Although these
Positive Interventions in Depression
Positive psychiatry is a new approach to psychiatric disorders; instead of focusing on the mental pathology, it promotes the well-being of the person and emphasizes the strength and resilience of the
Design and evaluation of a positive intervention to cultivate mental health: preliminary findings
The purpose of this study was to design a theory-driven positive intervention and to pilot test the intervention, which presents an 8-week group program that includes homework activities and measures of subjective, psychological, and social well-being.
Personality Change and Therapeutic Gain: Randomized Controlled Trial of a Positive Psychology Intervention
This study examined the possibility that personality would change in the course of a positive psychology intervention, and would add to therapeutic gain. 89 participants were randomly assigned into
The Positive Psychotherapy Inventory (PPTI): Reliability and Validity Study in Turkish Population
Abstract The interaction between individuals and their environment generates both happiness and psychopathology. To explore this interaction and the intersections between the two, there is a new
Positive psychology interventions: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled studies
The results of this meta-analysis show that positive psychology interventions can be effective in the enhancement of subjectiveWell-being and psychological well-being, as well as in helping to reduce depressive symptoms.
Positive Clinical Psychology: a new vision and strategy for integrated research and practice.
This review argues for the development of a Positive Clinical Psychology, which has an integrated and equally weighted focus on both positive and negative functioning in all areas of research and
Positive interventions in clinical practice.
  • Tayyab Rashid
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Journal of clinical psychology
  • 2009
This issue of Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session describes a number of positive interventions for specific clinical problems, such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, loss, grief, and relationship distress.
Positive psychotherapy.
It is suggested that treatments for depression may usefully be supplemented by exercises that explicitly increase positive emotion, engagement, and meaning.


Positive psychology. An introduction.
The authors outline a framework for a science of positive psychology, point to gaps in the authors' knowledge, and predict that the next century will see a science and profession that will come to understand and build the factors that allow individuals, communities, and societies to flourish.
Handbook of positive psychology
Psychology has long been enamored of the dark side of human existence, rarely exploring a more positive view of the mind. What has psychology contributed, for example, to our understanding of the
The Benefits of Frequent Positive Affect: Does Happiness Lead to Success?
The results reveal that happiness is associated with and precedes numerous successful outcomes, as well as behaviors paralleling success, and the evidence suggests that positive affect may be the cause of many of the desirable characteristics, resources, and successes correlated with happiness.
Persuasion and Healing: A Comparative Study of Psychotherapy
There is real value in psychotherapy, which "relies primarily on the healer's ability to mobilize healing forces in the sufferer by psychological means," but the principal value lies in factors that are common to all the various forms of therapy.
Psychological well-being: meaning, measurement, and implications for psychotherapy research.
A model of positive psychological functioning that emerges from diverse domains of theory and philosophy is presented and implications of the focus on positive functioning for research on psychotherapy, quality of life, and mind/body linkages are reviewed.
Toward a Psychology of Being
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A Measure of Subjective Happiness: Preliminary Reliability and Construct Validation
Using a ''subjectivist'' approach to the assessment of happiness, a new 4-item measure of global subjective happiness was developed and validated in 14 studies with a total of 2 732 participants.
Positive Psychological Assessment: A Handbook of Models and Measures
Striking a Vital Balance: Developing A Complementary Focus on Human Weakness and Strength Through Positive Psychological Assessment - Shane J. Lopez, C. R. Snyder, & Heather N. Rasmussen Measuring
Current Concepts of Positive Mental Health.
This is the first of a series of books derived from a national mental health survey by a Joint Commission on Mental Illness and Health and supported by the national government through grants
Pursuing Happiness: The Architecture of Sustainable Change
The pursuit of happiness is an important goal for many people. However, surprisingly little scientific research has focused on the question of how happiness can be increased and then sustained,