Oxford Handbook of Methods in Positive Psychology

ISBN : 9780195172188

Anthony D. Ong; Manfred H. M. Van Dulmen
672 Pages
186 x 259 mm
Pub date
Nov 2006
Oxford Positive Psychology Series
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In the short time since the publication of the Handbook of Positive Psychology, research results on the psychology of human strengths have proliferated. However, no major volume has documented the methods and theory used to achieve these results. Oxford Handbook of Methods in Positive Psychology fills this need, providing a broad overview of diverse contemporary methods in positive psychology. With contributions from both leading scholars and promising young investigators, the handbook serves to illuminate and, at times, challenge traditional approaches. Incorporating multiple levels of analysis, from biology to culture, the contributors present state-of-the-art techniques, including those for estimating variability and change at the level of the individual, identifying reliability of measurements within and across individuals, and separating individual differences in growth from aspects of phenomena that exhibit shorter-term variability over time. The volume covers such topics as wisdom, health, hope, resilience, religion, relationships, emotions, well-being, character strengths, and laughter. It enhances our understanding of the balance between human deficits and strengths and demonstrated their connections to other problems. Oxford Handbook of Methods in Positive Psychology will be the essential reference for methods in positive psychology.


1. Intraindividual Variability
2. Intraindividual Change
3. Interindividual Differences: Measurement Issues
4. Interindividual Differences in Intraindividual Variability
5. Interindividual Differences in Intraindividual Change

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