Oxford Handbook Of Methods In Positive Psychology

Hardcover | October 20, 2006

EditorAnthony D. Ong, Manfred H. M. Van Dulmen

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In the short time since the publication of the Handbook of Positive Psychology esearch 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 PositivePsychology 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, includingthose 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 topicsas 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 demonstrates their connections to other problems. Oxford Handbook of Methods in Positive Psychology will be the essential reference for methods in positive psychology.

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In the short time since the publication of the Handbook of Positive Psychology esearch 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 PositivePsychology fills this need, providing a broad overvi...

Anthony D. Ong is Assistant Professor of Human Development at Cornell University. He received his doctorate from the University of Southern California in 2002. His research and scholarly interests center on the nature and development of resilience and positive adaption across the life course. His research has been funded by grants ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:672 pages, 7.28 × 10.12 × 1.5 inPublished:October 20, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I. Intraindividual VariabilityPart II. Intraindividual Change--Dynamic Factor AnalysisPart III. Interindividual Differences: Measurement Issues--Structural Equation Modeling--Measurement Invariance--Experimental Methods--Behavior GeneticsPart IV. Interindividual Differences in Intraindividual Variability--Spectral Analysis and Item Response Models--Dynamic Systems AnalysisPart V. Interindividual Differences in Intraindividual Change--Latent Growth Analysis--Hierarchical Linear Modeling--Latent Class Models

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"Research methods are the backbone of science. In this comprehensive collection, Ong and van Dulmen have compiled lucid descriptions of the many research methods and techniques that collectively will enable the emerging discipline of Positive Psychology to fulfill its promise. From thetraditional to the cutting-edge, spanning paradigmatic approaches to advanced statistics, this volume will be very informative to experienced researchers and neophytes alike. Drawing on the varied topics of Positive Psychology, each chapter succinctly illustrates the intricate interplay betweenconcept and method in the creation and application of knowledge. This is an outstanding volume, one that will expand the methodological toolbox of anyone interested in the study of human strengths and virtues."--Harry Reis, Professor of Psychology, University of Rochester