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Modeling Positive Human Health: From Covariance Structures to Dynamic Systems

Anthony D. Ong and Alex J. Zautra

in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology

Second edition

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195187243
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195187243.013.0010
 Modeling Positive Human Health: From Covariance Structures to Dynamic Systems

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In this chapter, we illustrate how recent advances in longitudinal methodology can be applied to diverse issues of interest to positive psychologists. The aim of the chapter is to describe how contemporary theories of well-being may be empirically evaluated using a variety of research designs and analytic techniques that can fully capture the complexity and dynamics of positive human health. Throughout, we identify unresolved methodological challenges associated with the measurement and analysis between- and of within-person phenomena and elaborate on the implications of these challenges for process research in positive psychology.

Keywords: dynamic systems; growth curves; longitudinal

Article.  5332 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Health Psychology

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