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Positive Psychology, Social Class, and Counseling

Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Class in Counseling

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780195398250
Published online May 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195398250.013.0008

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Positive Psychology, Social Class, and Counseling

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In the field of positive psychology, many researchers believe that perception, development, manifestation, and interpretation of strengths are strongly influenced by various cultural facets, including social class. With its focus on both strengths and weaknesses, positive psychology is aptly poised to gather accurate and balanced information about individuals from all backgrounds, particularly those who may have been unfairly stigmatized by theories of the past. Studying strengths in these groups requires researchers to abandon personal biases to reach a more comprehensive view of various social class groups. This chapter discusses these concepts and their interactions. Specifically, subjective well-being and resilience are broadly examined in terms of their relationship to social class and/or socioeconomic status. It also explores optimism, creativity, and health, and offers suggestions and implications for research, training, and practice Future directions for study that may illuminate the relationship between various positive psychological constructs and social class are offered.

Keywords: social class; positive psychology; strengths; well-being

Article.  10211 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing ; Developmental Psychology

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