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Positive mental health : a research agenda
Carr, Alan
Vaillant provides a thoughtful review of seven models for conceptualizing positive mental health. He proposes that the best way to understand mental health is to conduct longitudinal studies of multiple populations, in culturally diverse settings, using instruments that assess multiple conceptualizations. Looking to future, I agree with Vaillant that there is a need for theoretical and empirical work to establish the most useful conceptualization of positive mental health. On the theoretical side, there is a need to clarify and integrate the current overlapping but distinct constructs into a broader overarching framework. On the empirical side, there is a need to develop and refine instruments for measuring positive mental health constructs at multiple levels, including self-report, behavioral ratings, psychophysiological responding, and neurobiological functioning. There is also a need to link research on positive mental health to the psychology of normal and abnormal functioning across the life-span. In particular, it would be valuable to determine the links between positive mental health and intelligence, temperament, personality traits, self-regulation and attachment, through genetic, neurobiological, psychometric and developmental research.
Keyword(s): Conceptualization; Theoretical; Empirical; Psychology; Functioning; Intelligence; Temperament; Personality traits; Self-regulation; Attachment; Research; Valliant
Publication Date:
2013
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: University College Dublin
Publisher(s): Wiley
Related Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wpsyc.2012.05.016
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