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Positive psychiatry/psychology for older adults: a new and important movement but robust methodology is essential.

Positive psychiatry/psychology for older adults: a new and important movement but robust methodology is essential.

Stoner, Charlotte R. ORCID: 0000-0002-1536-4347 (2019) Positive psychiatry/psychology for older adults: a new and important movement but robust methodology is essential. International psychogeriatrics, 31 (2). pp. 163-165. ISSN 1041-6102 (Print), 1741-203X (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1017/S1041610218002223)

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Abstract

Positive psychiatry and the related positive psychology are offering a much needed alternative framework through which to view the psychology of old age (Jeste et al., 2015). Traditional models of old age tend to approach the subject from a negative view point where themes of dependency and decline can be common (Cumming and Henry, 1961). In contrast, positive psychiatry and psychology refer to the scientific study of strengths and capabilities that contribute to well-being (Seligman, 1998). Some of these can be thought of as character strengths and evidence suggests that concepts such as hope, humour, integrity, and gratitude are universal, with examples documented in at least 54 nations across the world (Park et al., 2006). Researchers aligned to these theoretical models seek to explore complex approaches to measuring and improving mental health, recognizing that well-being is often a dynamic interplay between positive and negative psychological processes and outcomes (Lomas and Ivtzan, 2016).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Issue Theme: Positive Psychiatry II
Uncontrolled Keywords: outcome measure, dementia, wellbeing
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2020 20:59
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/28130

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