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The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Positive Psychological Interventions

ISBN: 978-1-119-95056-1
506 pages
June 2014, Wiley-Blackwell
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Collating for the first time a range of techniques in positive psychology, this handbook introduces topics such as courage, empathy and humor, and spans areas as diverse as gratitude, forgiveness and strengths. It also explores special considerations such as ethics and motivation, and offers informed conjecture on future directions in research and practice.

  • Comprehensive content summarizes theory and research on many areas of positive psychology intervention for the first time and provides essential updates on established interventions
  • Features contributions from an array of leading researchers, including Bob Emmons, Sonja Lyubomirsky and Shane Lopez
  • Covers established interventions – for instance, coaching and family therapy – as well as newly developed interventions – such as schizophrenia or stopping smoking
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors xi

Preface xv

Part I Established Areas of Intervention 1

1 Gratitude Interventions: A Review and Future Agenda 3
Tara Lomas, Jeffrey J. Froh, Robert A. Emmons, Anjali Mishra, and Giacomo Bono

2 Positive Psychological Interventions for Promoting Forgiveness: History, Present Status, and Future Prospects 20
Everett L. Worthington Jr., Nathaniel G. Wade, and William T. Hoyt

3 Nurturing the Capacity to Savor: Interventions to Enhance the Enjoyment of Positive Experiences 42
Jennifer L. Smith, Patrick R. Harrison, Jaime L. Kurtz, and Fred B. Bryant

4 Strengths Interventions: Current Progress and Future Directions 66
Michelle C. Louis and Shane J. Lopez

5 Promoting Meaning and Purpose in Life 90
Joo Yeon Shin and Michael F. Steger

6 Empathy-Related Interventions 111
Mark H. Davis and Ena Begovic

Part II New and Emerging Areas of Intervention 135

7 Creativity as a Target and Tool for Positive Interventions 137
Marie J. C. Forgeard and Katherine V. Eichner

8 Do Good Things Come to Those Who Wait?: Patience Interventions to Improve Well-Being 155
Sarah A. Schnitker and Justin T. Westbrook

9 Courage Interventions: Future Directions and Cautions 168
Cynthia L. S. Pury, Charles B. Starkey, Chad R. Breeden, Christie L. Kelley, Hannah J. Murphy, and Arden Y. Lowndes

10 Humor Intervention Programs 179
Willibald Ruch and Paul E. McGhee

11 Enacting Flow and Student Engagement in the College Classroom 194
David J. Shernoff and Brett Anderson

12 Positive Education and Teaching for Wisdom 213
Michel Ferrari and Christine E. Guthrie

Part III Areas of Application 233

13 Positive Family Therapy Interventions 235
Collie W. Conoley, Jane Close Conoley, and Marla E. Pontrelli

14 Applications of Positive Psychology to Individual Therapy 255
Jeana L. Magyar-Moe

15 Evidence-Based Coaching as a Positive Psychological Intervention 273
Suzy Green and Gordon B. Spence

16 Online Positive Psychological Interventions: State of the Art and Future Directions 286
Linda Bolier and Katherina Martin Abello

17 Resilience Interventions for Youth 310
Craig Springer, Justin Misurell, Amy Kranzler, Lindsay Liotta, and Jane Gillham

18 Positive Social Identity Interventions: Finding a Conduit for Well-Being in Stigmatized Group Memberships 327
Thomas C. Ball and Michelle R. Nario-Redmond

19 Adapting a Positive Psychological Intervention for People with Schizophrenia 344
Piper S. Meyer

20 Adapting Positive Psychology for Smoking Cessation 358
Anne M. Day, Elise M. Clerkin, Nichea S. Spillane, and Christopher W. Kahler

Part IV Special Considerations 371

21 Making Happiness Last: Using the Hedonic Adaptation Prevention Model to Extend the Success of Positive Interventions 373
Katherine Jacobs Bao and Sonja Lyubomirsky

22 Person–Activity Fit in Positive Psychological Interventions 385
Stephen M. Schueller

23 Taking Culture into Account with Positive Psychological Interventions 403
Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti

24 Dovetailing Ethical Practice and Positive Psychology to Promote Integrity, Industriousness, Innovation, and Impact 416
Dianne A. Vella-Brodrick

25 Beyond Life Satisfaction: A Scientific Approach to Well-Being Gives Us Much More to Measure 433
Jose L. Duarte

26 Positive Psychological Interventions and Self-Perceptions: A Cautionary Tale 450
Kasley M. Killam and Young-Hoon Kim

27 Act Well to Be Well: The Promise of Changing Personality States to Promote Well-Being 462
Laura E. R. Blackie, Ann Marie Roepke, Marie J. C. Forgeard, Eranda Jayawickreme, and William Fleeson

Index 475

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Author Information

Acacia Parks is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Hiram College, USA. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the efficacy of positive interventions, and the psychological and behavioral characteristics of individuals who use them. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology, as well as co-editor of "Activities for Teaching Positive Psychology" (APA Press). Dr. Parks is an active teacher of both positive psychology and critical writing.

Stephen Schueller is a Research Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a faculty member of the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITs). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. His research focuses on developing, implementing, and evaluating Internet and mobile interventions for the treatment and prevention of depression and promotion of well-being. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology. Dr. Schueller is a licensed clinical psychologist and integrates positive psychology into his conceptual and applied work.

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