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Character strengths-based interventions: Open questions and ideas for future research


Ruch, Willibald; Niemiec, Ryan M; McGrath, Robert E; Gander, Fabian; Proyer, René T (2020). Character strengths-based interventions: Open questions and ideas for future research. Journal of Positive Psychology, 15(5):680-684.

Abstract

Numerous studies have confirmed the effectiveness of character strengths-based interventions for fostering well-being. However, there are still several open questions. The present article discusses some of the most important questions. We review the current body of research and provide ideas and possible future directions on issues such as: Should interventions be generic or personalized? What strengths should be addressed in a strengths-based intervention? What is the role of signature strengths? Do strengths-based interventions change the level of character strengths? How can you justify strengths-based interventions? We conclude that increasing knowledge has not tempered but rather has heightened the initial high expectations on the important contribution of strengths-based interventions in research and practice, but still much work remains to be done.

Abstract

Numerous studies have confirmed the effectiveness of character strengths-based interventions for fostering well-being. However, there are still several open questions. The present article discusses some of the most important questions. We review the current body of research and provide ideas and possible future directions on issues such as: Should interventions be generic or personalized? What strengths should be addressed in a strengths-based intervention? What is the role of signature strengths? Do strengths-based interventions change the level of character strengths? How can you justify strengths-based interventions? We conclude that increasing knowledge has not tempered but rather has heightened the initial high expectations on the important contribution of strengths-based interventions in research and practice, but still much work remains to be done.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > General Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords:General Psychology
Language:English
Date:2 September 2020
Deposited On:03 Sep 2020 12:11
Last Modified:06 Sep 2020 12:26
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1743-9760
Additional Information:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in "Journal of Positive Psychology" on 6.7.2020, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17439760.2020.1789700.
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/17439760.2020.1789700
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID100014_172723
  • : Project TitleStudies on the Advancement of Character Research

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