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

Stoner, C; (2019) Positive psychiatry/ psychology for older adults: A new and important movement but robust methodology is essential. International Psychogeriatrics , 31 (2) pp. 163-165. 10.1017/S1041610218002223. Green open access

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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).

Type: Article
Title: Positive psychiatry/ psychology for older adults: A new and important movement but robust methodology is essential
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S1041610218002223
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1041610218002223
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: positive psychiatry, positive psychology, psychology of old age, older adults, mental health, well-being, methodology
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10070114
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