Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies 2014

Positive Psychology and the Challenge of Diversity in Well-being Promotion

Lecturer: Professor Antonella Delle Fave,
Università degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy

Main disciplines: Psychology, Social Psychology, Positive Psychology

Dates: 21 - 25 July 2014
Course Credits: 10 pts (ECTS)
Limitation: 30 participants


Objectives
This course aims at offering an overview of the prominent theories and intervention areas of Positive Psychology. This approach to the study of human functioning has represented a substantial theoretical and empirical shift from the traditional outlook of psychology, focused on compensation of deficits and neutralization of problems. Positive psychology instead investigates the components of well-being, the resources, potentials, competences and abilities that individuals and communities can mobilize or develop in order to enhance their quality of life and to successfully accomplish their process of growth and empowerment. A specific attempt of this course will be the contextualization of positive psychology in time and space, taking into account its historical roots and its cultural aspects.

The promotion of happiness has been a concern for every human society throughout the millennia, and the solutions that have been offered in the past and today can differ according to the social and cultural milieu. In particular, societies today face the crucial challenge of guaranteeing equal rights and an adequate quality of life to citizens showing diversity at multiple levels: culture, religion, education, physical and mental health, social roles, personal goals and expectations. For this reason, the identification of substantial dimensions of well-being, that can be acknowledged and shared by the most diverse individuals, represents the overarching challenge for this young research domain.
 

The major aims of this course are:

  • To provide an overview of the main theories and constructs developed within Positive Psychology
  • To explore conceptualizations of well-being at the cross-cultural and interdisciplinary levels
  • To discuss differences and similarities in the evaluation of well-being constructs across cultures, social contexts, and life conditions
  • To analyze the contribution of Positive Psychology at the socio-cultural level, focusing in particular on
    • Physical and mental health
    • Psychosocial maladjustment
    • Multicultural societies
    • Community and social policies


Basic books/articles for preparation to the course:

  • Seligman, M.E.P., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2000). Positive psychology. An introduction. American Psychologist, 55, 5-14.
  • Huta V. & Waterman A.S. (2013). Eudaimonia and its distinction from Hedonia: Developing a classification and terminology for understanding conceptual and operational definitions. Journal of Happiness Studies, DOI 10.1007/s10902-013-9485-0


LECTURE OUTLINE:

Monday 21 July:

Lecture 1: The interdisciplinary context of Positive Psychology
The interest for well-being promotion is not exclusive for psychologists. Sociologists, economists, philosophers, policy makers and health professionals are involved in the identification of strategies to implement the quality of life of individuals and groups.

a) Quality of life studies

Readings:

  • Veenhoven, R. (2010). Capability and happiness: Conceptual difference and reality links. The Journal of Socio-Economics 39, 344–350.
  • Kroll, C., & Delhey, J. (2013). A Happy Nation? Opportunities and challenges of using subjective indicators in policymaking. Social Indicators Research, 114,13–28.
  • Helliwell, J.F., Huang, H., & Wang, S. (2013). Social capital and well-being in times of crisis. Journal of Happiness Studies, DOI 10.1007/s10902-013-9441-z

 

b) Biological and cultural studies

Readings:

  • Delle Fave, A., Massimini, F., & Bassi, M. (2011). Biology, culture and human behavior. In A. Delle Fave, F. Massimini & M. Bassi, Psychological selection and optimal experience across cultures (Chapter 2, pp. 19-38). Dordrecht: Springer Science.
  • Jablonka, E., & Lamb, M.J. (2007). Précis of “Evolution in four dimensions”. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 30, 353-392.
  • Bond, M.H. (2013). The pan-culturality of well-being: But how does culture fit into the equation? Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 16, 158–162.


Lecture 2: Positive Psychology: The Hedonic perspective
The hedonic view of happiness derives from the conceptualization proposed by Aristippus of Cyrene (IV century BC.), who equated happiness with pleasure. In positive psychology it is centered on the concept of subjective well-being, that includes positive emotions and satisfaction with life.

Subjective well-being and its components:

Readings:

  • Tay, L., Chan, D. & Diener, E. (2013).  The Metrics of Societal Happiness. Social Indicators Research, DOI 10.1007/s11205-013-0356-1.
  • Cummins, R.A., Li, N., Wooden, M.,  & Stokes, M. (2013). A demonstration of set-points for Subjective Wellbeing. Journal of  Happiness Studies, DOI 10.1007/s10902-013-9444-9.
  • Fredrickson, B.L. (2013). Updated Thinking on Positivity Ratios. American Psychologist, 68, 814-822.

 

Tuesday 22 July:

Lecture 3: The Eudaimonic perspective (1)
The eudaimonic view stems from Aristotle’s concept of eudaimonia, described in the Nicomachean Ethics as the fulfillment of one’s true nature, that includes both self-actualization and commitment to socially shared goals. In psychology it is neither a subjective feeling, nor an activity, rather stemming from the interaction between the individual and the environment, as the global individual functioning in daily life. Due to this broad definition, in positive psychology eudemonia encompasses several different constructs.

Reading:

  • Huta V. & Waterman A.S. (2013). Eudaimonia and its distinction from Hedonia: Developing a classification and terminology for understanding conceptual and operational definitions. Journal of Happiness Studies, DOI 10.1007/s10902-013-9485-0

a) Psychological well-being

Reading:

  • Ryff C. D. & Singer B. H. (2008). Know thyself and Become what you are: a eudaimonic approach to psychological well-being. Journal of Happiness Studies, 9,13-39.

b) Self-Determination and Basic Psychological Needs

Reading:

  • Ryan, R., Huta, V., & and Deci, E.L. (2008). Living well: a self-determination theory perspective on eudaimonia. Journal of Happiness Studies, 9, 139-170.

c) Psychological selection and Optimal Experience

Reading:

  • Delle Fave, A., Massimini, F., & Bassi, M. (2011). Psychological Selection and Optimal Experience. In A. Delle Fave, F. Massimini & M. Bassi, Psychological selection and optimal experience across cultures (Chapter 3, pp. 39-58). Dordrecht: Springer Science.


Lecture 4: The Eudaimonic Perspective (2)

a) Meaning and well-being

Readings:

  • Schlegel, R.J., & Hicks, J.A. (2011). The true self and psychological health: Emerging evidence and future directions. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5, 989-1003.
  • Steger, M. F., Kashdan, T. B., Sullivan, B. A., & Lorents, D. (2008). Understanding the search for meaning in life: Personality, cognitive style, and the dynamic between seeking and experiencing meaning. Journal of Personality, 76, 199-228.
  • Delle Fave A., Brdar I., Wissing M.P., & Vella-Brodrick D. (2013). Sources and motives for personal meaning in adulthood. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 8, 517-529.

b) Strengths, virtues, and values

Readings:

  • Gander, F., Proyer, R.T., Ruch, W., & Wyss, T. (2013). Strength-based positive interventions: Further evidence for their potential in enhancing well-being and alleviating depression. Journal of Happiness Studies, 14, 1241 -1259.
  • Schwartz, S.H.,  Caprara, G.V.,  Vecchione, M., Bain, P., et al. (2013). Basic personal values underlie and give coherence to political values: A cross national study in 15 countries. Political  Behavior, DOI 10.1007/s11109-013-9255-z


Wednesday July 23:

Lecture 5: The conceptual  background of Positive Psychology: emergences and divergences
The constructs developed within positive psychology did not arise in a vacuum, but rather derive from previously existing theoretical models. At the same time, since the search for happiness is a universal pursuit, contributions from other traditions can help improve Western models, but only when their background is correctly understood and interpreted.

a) Western theories and Positive Psychology

Readings:

  • Michalos, A.C. & Robinson, S.R. (2012). The Good life: Eight Century to Third Century BCE. In K.C. Land et al. (Eds.), Handbook of Social Indicators and Quality of Life Research (pp. 23-61). Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
  • Keyes C.L.M. & Annas J. (2009). Feeling good and functioning well: distinctive concepts in ancient philosophy and contemporary science. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 4, 197-201.
  • Fowers, B. (2012). Instrumentalism and psychology: beyond using and being used. Theory and Psychology, 20, 102-124.
  • Kristjansson, K. (2010). Positive psychology, happiness, and virtue: the troublesome conceptual issues. Review of General Psychology, 14, 296-310.
  • Waterman, A.S. (2013). The Humanistic Psychology–Positive Psychology Divide. American Psychologist, 68, 124–133.
  • Gruber J., Mauss I.B., & Tamir M. (2011). A dark side of happiness? How, when, and why happiness is not always good.  Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6, 222–233.


b) Eastern perspectives on Positive Psychology

Readings:

  • Chenyang L. (2008). The ideal of harmony in ancient Chinese and Greek philosophy. Dao, 7:81-98.
  • Salagame K.K.K. (2011). Psychology of Yoga and Yoga Psychology. in P.Nikic (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2010 International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference “Yoga in Science – Future and Perspectives” (pp.41-55). Belgrade, Serbia: Yoga Federation of Serbia.
  • Joshanloo, M. (2013). Eastern conceptualizations of happiness: Fundamental differences with Western views. Journal of Happiness Studies, DOI 10.1007/s10902-013-9431-1


Lecture 6: Harmonizing diversity in positive psychology theories
The polarization between hedonism and eudaimonia is necessary to develop theoretical constructs,  assessment measures, and intervention programs. However, the overarching concept of well-being – or happiness – is an integrated system encompassing conceptual fragmentation.

Readings:

  • Linley P. A., Maltby J., Wood A. M., Osborne G & Hurling R. (2009). Measuring happiness: The higher order factor structure of subjective and psychological well-being measure. Personality and Individual Differences, 1-7.
  • Delle Fave, A., Brdar, I., Freire, T., Vella-Brodrick, D., & Wissing, M. P. (2011). The eudaimonic and hedonic components of happiness. Social Indicators Research, 100, 158-207.
  • Sirgy, M.J., & Wu, J. (2009). The Pleasant life, the Engaged life, and the Meaningful life: What about the balanced life? Journal of Happiness Studies, 10, 183-196.
  • Forgeard, M. J. C., Jayawickreme, E., Kern, M. & Seligman, M. E. P. (2011). Doing the right thing: Measuring wellbeing for public policy. International Journal of Wellbeing, 1(1), 79-106.
  • Dambrun, M., Ricard, M., Després, G., Drelon, E., Gibelin, E., Gibelin, M. et al. (2012). Measuring happiness: from fluctuating happiness to authentic-durable happiness. Frontiers in Psychology, DOI: 103897fpsyg.2012.00016


Thursday 24 July:

Lecture 7: Cultural diversity: similarities and differences in the conceptualization and evaluation of well-being
The hypothesized universality and relevance of well-being indicators to individual and social functioning needs to be supported by cross-cultural studies. The acknowledgement of cultural differences concerning constructs and strategies to promote well-being can only enrich our understanding of happiness and of the pathways to foster it.

a) Well-being across cultures

Readings:

  • Han A. G. (2008). Building a Harmonious Society and Achieving Individual Harmony. Journal of Chinese Political Science 13(2): 143-164.
  • Wirtz D., Chiu C., Diener E. & Oishi S. (2009). What Constitutes a Good Life? Cultural Differences in the Role of Positive and Negative Affect in Subjective Well-being. Journal of personality 77(4):1168-1195.
  • Nafstad, H.E., Blakar, R. M., Botchway, A, Rand-Hendriksen, K. (2009). Globalization, ideologies and well-being: A study of a West African and a North European society. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 4, 305-215.
  • Soosai-Nathan L., Negri L., Delle Fave A. (2013). Beyond pro-social behaviour: An exploration of altruism in two cultures. Psychological Studies,  10.1007/s12646-013-0184-z
  • Panas E.E. (2013). Homeorhesis and indication of association between different types of capital on life satisfaction: The case of Greeks under crisis. Social Indicators Research, 110, 171–186
  • Hitokoto, H., Uchida, Y. (2014). Interdependent happiness: theoretical importance and measurement validity. Journal of Happiness Studies.


b) Well-being in multicultural societies

Readings:

  • Phelps, J.M., Blakar, R.M., Carlquist, E., Nafstad, H.E., & Rand-Hendriksen, K. (2012). Symbolic boundaries and ideology in the Norwegian multicultural society: a longitudinal study of public discourse. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 22, 187-205.
  • Delle Fave A. & Bassi M. (2009). Sharing Optimal Experiences and Promoting Good Community Life in a Multicultural Society. Journal of Positive Psychology, 4(4):280-289.
  • Lu, Luo (2006). Cultural fit: individual and societal discrepancies in values, beliefs, and subjective well-being. The Journal of Social Psychology, 146, 203-221.
  • Delle Fave, A., Massimini, F., & Bassi, M. (2011). Acculturation and Optimal Experience. In A. Delle Fave, F. Massimini & M. Bassi, Psychological selection and optimal experience across cultures (Chapter 13, pp. 273-294). Dordrecht: Springer Science.


Lecture 8: Social diversity: well-being and psychosocial maladjustment
Most studies on well-being have been conducted among “normally” functioning populations, enjoying acceptable standards of living, decent housing and work conditions, a healthy network of relationships. What about people living under difficult circumstances?

a) Theories, concepts and models

Readings:

  • Zautra, A., Stuart Hall J., & Murray, K.J. (2010). Resilience. A new definition of health for people and communities. In J.W.Reich, A.J.Zautra, & J. Stuart Hall Eds.) The Handbook of Adult Resilience (pp. 3-29). New York: The Guilford Press.
  • Joseph S., Linley A. (2006). Growth following adversity: Theoretical perspectives and implications for clinical practice. Clinical Psychology Review, 26, 1041-1053.
  • Delle Fave, A., Massimini, F., & Bassi, M. (2011). Psychosocial maladjustment and mimetic Flow. In A. Delle Fave, F. Massimini & M. Bassi, Psychological selection and optimal experience across cultures (Chapter 15, pp. 321-356). Dordrecht: Springer Science.

b) Applications

Readings:

  • Kerfoot, M., Koshyl, V., Roganov, O., Mikhailichenko, K., Gorbova, I., & Pottage, D., (2007). The health and well-being of neglected, abused and exploited children: the Kyiv street children project. Child Abuse and Neglect, 31, 27-37.
  • Lam, D., & Cheng, F., (2008). Chinese policy reaction to the problem of street children: an analysis from the perspective of street children. Children and Youth Services Review, 30, 575-584.
  • Bogart, L.M., Collins, R.L., Ellickson, P.L., & Klein, D.J. (2007). Are adolescent substance users less satisfied with life as young adults and if so, why? Social Indicators Research, 81, 149-169.
  • Harari, Y.N. (2008). Combat flow: Military, political, and ethical dimensions of subjective well-being in war. Review of General Psychology, 12, 253-264.


Friday 25 July:

Lecture 9: Psychophysical diversity: developing resources in disability and chronic disease
Two persons with the same degree of physical health can have different levels of functioning. This depends on variables that differ from physical conditions, but that are nevertheless connected with health: individual psychological features, family and social support, material and economic resources, educational background, cultural representations, and social policies. The psychological variables are of course particularly relevant in the conceptual frame of positive psychology.

a) Physical diversity

Readings:

  • Hansen, T.,  Slagsvold, B., & Ingebretsen, R. (2013). The strains and gains of caregiving: An examination of the effects of providing personal care to a parent on a range of indicators of psychological well-being. Social Indicators Research, 114, 323-343.
  • Cortinovis., I., Luraschi, E., Intini, S., Sessa, M., & Delle Fave, A. (2011). The daily experience of people with achondroplasia. Applied Psychology: Health And Well-Being, 3 (2), 207–227.
  • Wiesmann, U., & Hannich, H.-J. (2013). A salutogenic analysis of the well-being paradox in older age. Journal of Happiness Studies, DOI 10.1007/s10902-013-9425-z
  • Bassi M., Falautano M., Cilia S., Goretti B., Grobberio M., Pattini M., et al. (2013). The coexistence of well- and ill-being in persons with multiple sclerosis, their caregivers and health professionals. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, DOI.org/10.1016/j.jns.2013.11.018

 

b) Psychological diversity, psychiatry and intellectual disabilities

Readings:

  • Bassi M., Ferrario N., Ba G., Delle Fave A., Viganò C. (2012). Quality of experience during psychosocial rehabilitation: a real-time investigation with Experience Sampling Method. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.
  • Jones, J.L. (2012). Factors associated with self-concept: adolescents with intellectual and development disabilities share their perspectives. Intellectual and developmental disabilities, 50, 31-40.
  • Maddux J.E. (2008). Positive psychology and the illness ideology: Toward a positive clinical psychology. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 57 (Suppl 1), 54-70.


Lecture 10: The challenges of social welfare and well-being promotion
An approach focusing on resources and abilities instead of weaknesses and deficits can provide useful information for designing intervention aimed at promoting development and well-being in any domain of society. However, the endeavour is complex and there is no univocal solution that can be considered valid for any social context and community.

Readings:

  • Schimmel J. (2009). Development as Happiness: The Subjective Perception of happiness and UNDP’s Analysis of Poverty, Wealth and Development. Journal of Happiness Studies 10: 93-111.
  • Steger M. F., Kashdan T. B. & Oishi S. (2008). Being good by doing good: Daily eudaimonic activity and well-being. Journal of Research in Personality 42:22-42.
  • Kjell, O.N.E. (2011). Sustainable Well-Being: A potential synergy between sustainability and well-being research. Review of General Psychology, 15, 255–266
  • Lelkes, O. (2013). Minimising misery: A new strategy for public policies instead of maximising happiness? Social Indicators Research, 114, 121-137.
  • Delle Fave, A., Soosai-Nathan, L. (2014, in press). Meaning as Inter-connectedness: Theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 24.


Total reading list:

  • Bassi M., Falautano M., Cilia S., Goretti B., Grobberio M., Pattini M., et al. (2013). The coexistence of well- and ill-being in persons with multiple sclerosis, their caregivers and health professionals. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, DOI.org/10.1016/j.jns.2013.11.018
  • Bassi M., Ferrario N., Ba G., Delle Fave A., Viganò C. (2012). Quality of experience during psychosocial rehabilitation: a real-time investigation with Experience Sampling Method. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.
  • Bond, M.H. (2013). The pan-culturality of well-being: But how does culture fit into the equation? Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 16, 158–162.
  • Chenyang L. (2008). The ideal of harmony in ancient Chinese and Greek philosophy. Dao, 7:81-98.
  • Cortinovis., I., Luraschi, E., Intini, S., Sessa, M., & Delle Fave, A. (2011). The daily experience of people with achondroplasia. Applied Psychology: Health And Well-Being, 3 (2), 207–227.
  • Cummins, R.A., Li, N., Wooden, M.,  & Stokes, M. (2013). A demonstration of set-points for Subjective Wellbeing. Journal of  Happiness Studies, DOI 10.1007/s10902-013-9444-9.
  • Dambrun, M., Ricard, M., Després, G., Drelon, E., Gibelin, E., Gibelin, M. et al. (2012). Measuring happiness: from fluctuating happiness to authentic-durable happiness. Frontiers in Psychology,
  • Delle Fave A. & Bassi M. (2009). Sharing Optimal Experiences and Promoting Good Community Life in a Multicultural Society. Journal of Positive Psychology, 4(4):280-289.
  • Delle Fave, A., Brdar, I., Freire, T., Vella-Brodrick, D., & Wissing, M. P. (2011). The eudaimonic and hedonic components of happiness. Social Indicators Research, 100, 158-207.
  • Delle Fave A., Brdar I., Wissing M.P., & Vella-Brodrick D. (2013). Sources and motives for personal meaning in adulthood. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 8, 517-529.
  • Delle Fave, A., Massimini F., & Bassi, M. (2011). Psychological selection and optimal experience across cultures. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Delle Fave, A., Soosai-Nathan, L. (2014, in press). Meaning as Inter-connectedness: Theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 24.
  • Forgeard, M. J. C., Jayawickreme, E., Kern, M. & Seligman, M. E. P. (2011). Doing the right thing: Measuring wellbeing for public policy. International Journal of Wellbeing, 1(1), 79-106.
  • Fowers, B. (2012). Instrumentalism and psychology: beyond using and being used. Theory and Psychology, 20, 102-124.
  • Fredrickson, B.L. (2013). Updated Thinking on Positivity Ratios. American Psychologist, 68, 814-822.
  • Gander, F., Proyer, R.T., Ruch, W., & Wyss, T. (2013). Strength-based positive interventions: Further evidence for their potential in enhancing well-being and alleviating depression. Journal of Happiness Studies, 14, 1241 -1259.
  • Gruber J., Mauss I.B., & Tamir M. (2011). A dark side of happiness? How, when, and why happiness is not always good.  Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6, 222–233.
  • Han A. G. (2008). Building a Harmonious Society and Achieving Individual Harmony. Journal of Chinese Political Science 13(2): 143-164.
  • Harari, Y.N. (2008). Combat flow: Military, political, and ethical dimensions of subjective well-being in war. Review of General Psychology, 12, 253-264.
  • Hansen, T.,  Slagsvold, B., & Ingebretsen, R. (2013). The strains and gains of caregiving: An examination of the effects of providing personal care to a parent on a range of indicators of psychological well-being. Social Indicators Research, 114, 323-343.
  • Helliwell, J.F., Huang, H., & Wang, S. (2013). Social capital and well-being in times of crisis. Journal of Happiness Studies, DOI 10.1007/s10902-013-9441-z
  • Hitokoto, H., Uchida, Y. (2014). Interdependent happiness: theoretical importance and measurement validity. Journal of Happiness Studies.
  • Huta V. & Waterman A.S. (2013). Eudaimonia and its distinction from Hedonia: Developing a classification and terminology for understanding conceptual and operational definitions. Journal of Happiness Studies, DOI 10.1007/s10902-013-9485-0
  • Jablonka, E., & Lamb, M.J. (2007). Précis of “Evolution in four dimensions”. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 30, 353-392.
  • Jones, J.L. (2012). Factors associated with self-concept: adolescents with intellectual and development disabilities share their perspectives. Intellectual and developmental disabilities, 50, 31-40.
  • Joseph S., Linley A. (2006). Growth following adversity: Theoretical perspectives and implications for clinical practice. Clinical Psychology Review, 26, 1041-1053.
  • Joshanloo, M. (2013). Eastern conceptualizations of happiness: Fundamental differences with Western views. Journal of Happiness Studies, DOI 10.1007/s10902-013-9431-1
  • Joshanloo M. & Ghaedi G. (2009). Value priorities as predictors of hedonic and eudaimonic aspects of well-being. Personality and Individual Differences 47: 294-298.
  • Kerfoot, M., Koshyl, V., Roganov, O., Mikhailichenko, K., Gorbova, I., & Pottage, D., (2007). The health and well-being of neglected, abused and exploited children: the Kyiv street children project. Child Abuse and Neglect, 31, 27-37.
  • Keyes C.L.M. & Annas J. (2009). Feeling good and functioning well: distinctive concepts in ancient philosophy and contemporary science. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 4, 197-201.
  • Kjell, O.N.E. (2011). Sustainable Well-Being: A potential synergy between sustainability and well-being research. Review of General Psychology, 15, 255–266
  • Kristjansson, K. (2010). Positive psychology, happiness, and virtue: the troublesome conceptual issues. Review of General Psychology, 14, 296-310.
  • Kroll, C., & Delhey, J. (2013). A Happy Nation? Opportunities and challenges of using subjective indicators in policymaking. Social Indicators Research, 114,13–28.
  • Lam, D., & Cheng, F., (2008). Chinese policy reaction to the problem of street children: an analysis from the perspective of street children. Children and Youth Services Review, 30, 575-584.
  • Lelkes, O. (2013). Minimising misery: A new strategy for public policies instead of maximising happiness? Social Indicators Research, 114, 121-137.
  • Linley P. A., Maltby J., Wood A. M., Osborne G & Hurling R. (2009). Measuring happiness: The higher order factor structure of subjective and psychological well-being measure. Personality and Individual Differences, 1-7.
  • Lu, Luo (2006). Cultural fit: individual and societal discrepancies in values, beliefs, and subjective well-being. The Journal of Social Psychology, 146, 203-221.
  • Maddux J.E. (2008). Positive psychology and the illness ideology: Toward a positive clinical psychology. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 57 (Suppl 1), 54-70.
  • Michalos, A.C. & Robinson, S.R. (2012). The Good life: Eight Century to Third Century BCE. In K.C. Land et al. (Eds.), Handbook of Social Indicators and Quality of Life Research (pp. 23-61). Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
  • Nafstad, H.E., Blakar, R. M., Botchway, A, Rand-Hendriksen, K. (2009). Globalization, ideologies and well-being: A study of a West African and a North European society. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 4, 305-215.
  • Panas E.E. (2013). Homeorhesis and indication of association between different types of capital on life satisfaction: The case of Greeks under crisis. Social Indicators Research, 110, 171–186
  • Phelps, J.M., Blakar, R.M., Carlquist, E., Nafstad, H.E., & Rand-Hendriksen, K. (2012). Symbolic boundaries and ideology in the Norwegian multicultural society: a longitudinal study of public discourse. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 22, 187-205.
  • Ryan, R., Huta, V., & and Deci, E.L. (2008). Living well: a self-determination theory perspective on eudaimonia. Journal of Happiness Studies, 9, 139-170.
  • Ryff C. D. & Singer B. H. (2008). Know thyself and Become what you are: a eudaimonic approach to psychological well-being. Journal of Happiness Studies 9:13-39.
  • Salagame K.K.K. (2011). Psychology of Yoga and Yoga Psychology. in P.Nikic (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2010 International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference “Yoga in Science – Future and Perspectives” (pp.41-55). Belgrade, Serbia: Yoga Federation of Serbia.
  • Schimmel J. (2009). Development as Happiness: The Subjective Perception of happiness and UNDP’s Analysis of Poverty, Wealth and Development. Journal of Happiness Studies 10: 93-111.
  • Schlegel, R.J., & Hicks, J.A. (2011). The true self and psychological health: Emerging evidence and future directions. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5, 989-1003.
  • Schwartz, S.H.,  Caprara, G.V.,  Vecchione, M., Bain, P., et al. (2013). Basic personal values underlie and give coherence to political values: A cross national study in 15 countries. Political  Behavior, DOI 10.1007/s11109-013-9255-z
  • Sirgy, M.J., & Wu, J. (2009). The Pleasant life, the Engaged life, and the Meaningful life: What about the balanced life? Journal of Happiness Studies, 10, 183-196.
  • Soosai-Nathan L., Negri L., Delle Fave A. (2013). Beyond pro-social behaviour: An exploration of altruism in two cultures. Psychological Studies,  10.1007/s12646-013-0184-z
  • Steger M. F., Kashdan T. B. & Oishi S. (2008). Being good by doing good: Daily eudaimonic activity and well-being. Journal of Research in Personality 42:22-42.
  • Steger, M. F., Kashdan, T. B., Sullivan, B. A., & Lorents, D. (2008). Understanding the search for meaning in life: Personality, cognitive style, and the dynamic between seeking and experiencing meaning. Journal of Personality, 76, 199-228.
  • Tay, L., Chan, D. & Diener, E. (2013).  The Metrics of Societal Happiness. Social Indicators Research, DOI 10.1007/s11205-013-0356-1.
  • Veenhoven, R. (2010). Capability and happiness: Conceptual difference and reality links. The Journal of Socio-Economics 39, 344–350.
  • Waterman, A.S. (2013). The Humanistic Psychology–Positive Psychology Divide. American Psychologist, 68, 124–133.
  • Wiesmann, U., & Hannich, H.-J. (2013). A salutogenic analysis of the well-being paradox in older age. Journal of Happiness Studies, DOI 10.1007/s10902-013-9425-z
  • Wirtz D., Chiu C., Diener E. & Oishi S. (2009). What Constitutes a Good Life? Cultural Differences in the Role of Positive and Negative Affect in Subjective Well-being. Journal of personality 77(4):1168-1195.
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The Lecturer
Antonella Delle Fave, MD specialized in Clinical Psychology, is professor of Psychology at the Department of Pathophysiology and Transplantation, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. Her studies research interests prominently concern optimal experience, the lifelong process of individual psychological selection, as well as the role of meanings and goal setting in individual and community development. Her specific attention to cultural diversity produced the largest international data bank on psychological selection and optimal experience. On the basis of research findings, she developed and supervised intervention projects in the domains of health and education, as well as international co-operation programs on disability and social maladjustment.

She has been collaborating with university research groups in the five continents. She actively contributed to the development and dissemination of positive psychology, as organizer of the 2nd European Positive Psychology Conference (Verbania, Italy, 2004) and founder of the Società Italiana di Psicologia Positiva. She was President of the European Network of Positive Psychology (ENPP) in 2006-2010, and President of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) in 2009-2011.

She authored books, scientific articles, and chapters in peer-reviewed books. She is currently Editor in Chief of the Journal of Happiness Studies, and member of Editorial Boards and Boards of Reviewers of other scientific Journals in the domains of psychology and well-being. She is also Editor of two book series published by Springer: Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology Series, and Happiness Studies Series.

Her latest publication in English are:

Articles:

  • Steca, P., Bassi, M., Caprara, G.V., Delle Fave, A. (2011). Parents’ self-efficacy beliefs and their children’s psychosocial adaptation during adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40, 320-331.
  • Delle Fave A., Brdar I., Freire T., Vella-Brodrick D., & Wissing M.P. (2011). The Eudaimonic and hedonic components of happiness: qualitative and quantitative findings. Social Indicators Research, 100, 185-209.
  • Cortinovis., I., Luraschi, E., Intini, S., Sessa, M., & Delle Fave, A. (2011). The daily experience of people with achondroplasia. Applied Psychology: Health And Well-Being, 3 (2), 207–227.
  • Fabiano V, Mameli C, Cattaneo D, Delle Fave A, Preziosa A, Mele G, Clementi E, Zuccotti GV. (2011). Perceptions and patterns of use of generic drugs among Italian Family Pediatricians: First round results of a web survey. Health Policy. Doi 10.1016/j.healthpol.2011.12.005
  • Bassi M., Delle Fave A. (2012). Optimal experience and self-determination at school: Joining perspectives. Motivation and Emotion, 36, 425-438.
  • Bassi M., Delle Fave A. (2012). Optimal experience among teachers: new insights into the work paradox. The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 146, 533-557
  • Bassi M., Ferrario N., Ba G., Delle Fave A., Viganò C. (2012). Quality of experience during psychosocial rehabilitation: a real-time investigation with Experience Sampling Method. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 35, 447-453.
  • Bassi M., Bacher G., Negri L., Delle Fave A. (2012). The contribution of Job Happiness and Job Meaning to the well-being of workers from thriving and failing companies. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 8, 427-448.
  • Delle Fave A., Pozzo M., Bassi M., & Cetin I. (2013). A longitudinal study on motherhood and well-being: developmental and clinical implications. Terapia Psicológica, 31, 21-33.
  • Soosai-Nathan L., Negri L., Delle Fave A. (2013). Beyond pro-social behaviour: An exploration of altruism in two cultures. Psychological Studies,  10.1007/s12646-013-0184-z
  • Bassi M., Steca P., Monzani D., Greco A., & Delle Fave A. (2013). Personality and optimal experience in adolescence: Implications for well-being and development. Journal of Happiness Studies, DOI 10.1007/s10902-013-9451-x
  • Delle Fave A., Brdar I., Wissing M., Vella-Brodrick D. (2013). Sources and motives for personal meaning in adulthood. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 6, 517-529.
  • Bassi, M., Falautano M., Cilia S., Goretti B., Grobberio M., Pattini M., Pietrolongo E., Viterbo R.G., Amato M.P., Benine M., Lugaresi A., Martinelli V., Montanari E., Patti F., Trojano M., Delle Fave A. (2013). The coexistence of well- and ill-being in persons with multiple sclerosis, their caregivers and health professionals. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jns.2013.11.018
  • Sartori, R.D.G., Delle Fave A. (2014, in press). First aid activities and well-being: the experience of professional and volunteer rescuers. Journal of Social Service Research.

Books:

  • Delle Fave, A., Massimini, F., Bassi, M. (2011). Psychological selection and optimal experience across cultures. Dordrecht: Springer Science.

Chapters:

  • Delle Fave, A., Fava, G.A. (2011). Positive psychotherapy and social change. In R. Biswas-Diener (Ed.). Positive Psychology  as  Social Change (pp. 267-292). Dordrecht: Springer Science.
  • Bassi, M., Delle Fave, A. (2012). Leisure, optimal experience and psychological selection: Cultural and developmental perspectives. In T. Freire (Ed.), Positive leisure science: From subjective experience to social contexts (pp.101-118). Dordrecht, NL: Springer.
  • Knoop, H.H., & Delle Fave, A. (2012). Positive Psychology and Cross-Cultural Research. In H.H. Knoop & A. Delle Fave (Eds.)., Well-being and Cultures: Perspectives from Positive Psychology  (pp.1-10). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Delle Fave, A., Brdar, I., Vella-Brodrick, D., & Wissing, M. (2012). Religion, spirituality and well-being across nations: the Euadaimonic and hedonic Happiness Investigation. In H.H. Knoop & A. Delle Fave (Eds.)., Well-being and Cultures: Perspectives from Positive Psychology (pp.103-116). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Delle Fave, A., Wissing, M.P., Brdar, I., Vella-Brodrick, D. & Freire, T. (2013). Perceived meaning and goals in adulthood: their roots and relation with happiness. In A. Waterman (Ed.) The Best Within Us: Positive Psychology Perspectives on Eudaimonia (pp.227-248). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

 

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