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Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide, Volume VI, Interventions and Policies to Enhance Wellbeing


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Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide, Volume VI, Interventions and Policies to Enhance Wellbeing

Felicia A. Huppert (Editor), Cary Cooper (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-60835-7 February 2014 704 Pages


Using an evidence-based approach and case studies from a wide range of life domains, Interventions and Policies to Enhance Wellbeing examines the most successful existing strategies to promote wellbeing and mental health.


  • Discusses the results of the latest research in the science of wellbeing and their implications for improved learning, creativity, productivity, relationships, and health
  • Covers interventions for individuals across the lifespan, as well as those for organizations, communities, and entire populations
  • Looks at policy initiatives and approaches with a focus on the integration of new technology and the role of the media
  • Part of the six-volume Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide, which brings together leading research from across the social sciences

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About the Editors ix

Contributors xi

Full Contents of Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide xiii

Introduction to Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide xxvii

Introduction to this Volume xxxv

1 The State of Wellbeing Science: Concepts, Measures, Interventions, and Policies 1
Felicia A. Huppert

Part 1 Individual and Group Interventions across the Life Course 51

2 Parenting Interventions to Promote Wellbeing and Prevent Mental Disorder 53
Sarah Stewart-Brown

3 Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools 93
Katherine Weare and Melanie Nind

4 An Exploration of the Effects of Mindfulness Training and Practice in Association with Enhanced Wellbeing for Children and Adolescents: Theory, Research, and Practice 141
Christine Burke

5 MindMatters: Implementing Mental Health Promotion in Secondary Schools in Australia 185
Louise Rowling and Trevor Hazell

6 A Systematic Review of Mental Health Promotion in the Workplace 221
Czeslaw Czabla and Katarzyna Charzynska

7 Wellbeing Begins with "We": The Physical and Mental Health Benefits of Interventions that Increase Social Closeness 277
Bethany E. Kok and Barbara L. Fredrickson

8 The Experience Corps: Intergenerational Interventions to Enhance Wellbeing Among Retired People 307
George W. Rebok, Michelle C. Carlson, Kevin D. Frick, Katherine D. Giuriceo, Tara L. Gruenewald, Sylvia McGill, Jeanine M. Parisi, William A. Romani, Teresa E. Seeman, Elizabeth K. Tanner, and Linda P. Fried

9 Enhancing Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing in Older People: Important Concepts and Effective Psychosocial Interventions 331
Anna K. Forsman, Eija Stengard, and Kristian Wahlbeck

Part 2 Interventions to Create Positive Organizations and Communities 355

10 Wellbeing as a Business Priority: Experience from the Corporate World 357
Catherine Kilfedder and Paul Litchfield

11 The Power of Philanthropy and Volunteering 387
Sara Konrath

12 Community Change: The Complex Nature of Interventions to Promote Positive Connections 427
Sue Roffey and Jacqueline Barnes

13 The Health and Wellbeing Effects of Active Labor Market Programs 465
Adam P. Coutts, David Stuckler, and David J. Cann

Part 3 The Policy Perspective 483

14 Creating Good Lives Through Computer Games 485
Daniel Johnson, Peta Wyeth, and Penny Sweetser

15 Retooling for Wellbeing: Media and the Public’s Mental Health 511
Marten W. deVries

16 Policy and Wellbeing: The U.K. Government Perspective 541
David Halpern

17 Measuring what Matters 561
Juliet Michaelson, Charles Seaford, Saamah Abdallah, and Nic Marks

18 Mental Health and Wellbeing at the Top of the Global Agenda 599
Eva Jane-Llopis, Peter Anderson, and Helen Herrman

19 How can Subjective Wellbeing be Improved? 611
John F. Helliwell

Index 633

"The Guide’s major strengths are its breadth and depth with reviews of the literature, case studies, empirical findings, historical reflections, and future guidance. Scientists working on any subfield can now see how their work informs other fields and ideas for interdisciplinary projects." (PsycCRITIQUES, March 2015)

"I would recommend this book for acquisition. Each volume has its own ISBN and there are volume indexes, rather than a master index, so specialist libraries could purchase individual volumes. The different volumes hang together well however, so I would recommend getting the set if possible. This set has arrived on the crest of a wave of academic and, to a lesser extent, public interest. Academic libraries catering for courses in psychology, health-related subjects, education, social policy or economics will all find useful material here." (Reference Reviews, 2014)

“This series could complement a variety of libraries, such as a home or personal library, office, or academic setting. Wellbeing is a global topic that influences each individual. This series is a valuable resource.” (American Reference Books Annual, 1 June 2014)