Positive Psychology

Publication Title: 
Psycho-Oncology

OBJECTIVE: Positive psychology is an emerging area of empirical study, not only in clinical, but also in health psychology. The present systematic review aims to synthesize the evidence about the positive psychology interventions utilized in breast cancer. METHODS: Relevant studies were identified via Pubmed, PsycINFO, Web of Science, Scopus, Cochrane, CINAHL, Wiley Online Library, TDX, and DIALNET databases (up to April 2013). Only those papers focused on interventions related to positive psychology and carried out on breast cancer patients were included.

Author(s): 
Casellas-Grau, Anna
Font, Antoni
Vives, Jaume
Publication Title: 
Applied Psychology. Health and Well-Being

This study aimed to examine the relations between character strengths and dispositional positive emotions (i.e. joy, contentment, pride, love, compassion, amusement, and awe). A sample of 574 German-speaking adults filled in the Dispositional Positive Emotion Scales (DPES; Shiota, Keltner, & John, 2006), and the Values in Action Inventory of Strengths (VIA-IS; Peterson, Park, & Seligman, 2005). The factorial structure of the DPES was examined on item level. Joy and contentment could not be clearly separated; the items of the other five emotions loaded on separate factors.

Author(s): 
G¸sewell, Angelika
Ruch, Willibald
Publication Title: 
Journal of Clinical Psychology

OBJECTIVE: Positive empathy (PE), a type of empathy response that focuses on a client's hidden message of desire for a better life, was hypothesized to increase the expression of positive emotions, approach goals, and strengths, and to communicate equivalent understanding when compared to traditional empathy (TE). METHOD: We examined 4 hypotheses in 2 studies.

Author(s): 
Conoley, Collie W.
Pontrelli, Marla E.
Oromendia, Mercedes Fern·ndez
Del Carmen Bello, Beatriz
Nagata, Chelsea M.
Publication Title: 
Stress and Health: Journal of the International Society for the Investigation of Stress

Residential Vipassana meditation courses, which teach mindfulness skills, are widely available globally but under-evaluated. This study examined effects of a standardized, community-based Vipassana course, on subjective stress, well-being, self-kindness and trait mindfulness in a community sample. Participants completed self-report measures of these variables at pre-course and post-course (n?=?122), and outcomes were compared to a control group of early enrollers (EEs) (n?=?50) who completed measures at parallel time points before course commencement.

Author(s): 
Szekeres, Roberta A.
Wertheim, Eleanor H.
Publication Title: 
Frontiers in Psychology

Character strengths are positive, morally valued traits of personality. This study aims at assessing the relationship between character strengths and subjective well-being (i.e., life satisfaction, positive and negative affect) in a representative sample of German-speaking adults living in Switzerland (N = 945). We further test whether this relationship is consistent at different stages in life. Results showed that hope, zest, love, social intelligence and perseverance yielded the highest positive correlations with life satisfaction.

Author(s): 
MartÌnez-MartÌ, MarÌa L.
Ruch, Willibald
Publication Title: 
Psychoneuroendocrinology

Ample research suggests that social connection reliably generates positive emotions. Oxytocin, a neuropeptide implicated in social cognition and behavior, is one biological mechanism that may influence an individual's capacity to extract positive emotions from social contexts. Because variation in certain genes may indicate underlying neurobiological differences, we tested whether several SNPs in two genes related to oxytocin signaling would show effects on positive emotions that were context-specific, depending on sociality.

Author(s): 
Isgett, Suzannah F.
Algoe, Sara B.
Boulton, Aaron J.
Way, Baldwin M.
Fredrickson, Barbara L.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies

The present study aims to explore the existence of a relationship between the extent of yoga practice and two dimensions of psychological wellbeing: meaning in life and gratitude. Both of the variables are positive psychology constructs; there is theoretical affinity and empirical evidence that they are related to overall psychological wellbeing. One hundred and twenty four participants aged 18 years and above, with yoga experience ranging from none to over six years, responded to a number of scales.

Author(s): 
Ivtzan, Itai
Papantoniou, Angeliki
Publication Title: 
Journal of Clinical Psychology

OBJECTIVE: Service user satisfaction with therapy is a key part of the therapeutic process. The aim of this study was to investigate service user experiences of an 11-week group positive psychology intervention for psychosis (WELLFOCUS PPT) in the context of a randomized controlled trial (ISRCTN04199273). METHOD: Participants were 37 individuals (51% male; mean age 45.6 years) receiving the intervention as part of the trial. Semistructured interviews and focus groups were conducted to investigate participants' views of WELLFOCUS PPT.

Author(s): 
Brownell, Tamsin
Schrank, Beate
Jakaite, Zivile
Larkin, Charley
Slade, Mike
Publication Title: 
Health and Quality of Life Outcomes

BACKGROUND: Recent studies have associated positive emotions with several variables such as learning, coping strategies or assertive behaviour. The concept of gratitude has been specifically defined as a tendency to recognise and respond to people or situations with grateful emotion. Unfortunately in Latin America, no validated measures of gratitude on different populations are available. The aim of this study was to analyse the psychometric properties of the Gratitude Questionnaire (GQ-6) in two Chilean samples.

Author(s): 
Langer, ¡lvaro I.
Ulloa, Valentina G.
Aguilar-Parra, JosÈ M.
Araya-VÈliz, Claudio
Brito, Gonzalo
Publication Title: 
Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training

Reviews the book, Whole person healthcare, Volumes 1, 2, & 3 by I. A. Serlin, M. A. DiCowden, K. Rockefeller, S. Brown, J. Sonke-Henderson, R. Brandman, and J. Graham-Pole (2007). With the more-than-1,000-page tour de force titled Whole Person Healthcare, Ilene Serlin, current president of the San Francisco Psychological Association, has purposefully edited a three-volume series aimed at humanizing the fields of psychotherapy and health care.

Author(s): 
Harvey, Richard
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