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A Perfect Storm to Set the Stage for Ontological Exploration: Response to Commentaries on “Emotional Well-Being: What It Is and Why It Matters”

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Our target article (Park et al., this issue) described the process of developing a provisional conceptualization of emotional well-being (EWB). In that article, we considered strengths and gaps in current perspectives on a variety of related concepts and ways that the proposed conceptualization of EWB informs our evaluation of measures and methods of assessment and identification of its causes and consequences. We concluded with recommendations for moving the framework and the field forward. Eight rich, thoughtful, and highly engaged commentaries addressed the target article. Collectively, these commentaries illustrate both points of consensus and areas of substantial disagreement, providing a potential roadmap for continued work. In this response, we summarize key issues raised and highlight those points raised by multiple commentators or that we considered seminal to advancing future discussion and research.

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The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, or the US Department of Health and Human Services. We are very grateful to the Taxonomy Working Group and the broader members of the U24 Emotional Well-Being Research Networks for their input on our thinking and writing. With regard to this manuscript response to commentaries, we particularly thank Robert Kaplan for sharing expertise on ontologies, providing detailed feedback on the overall response, and providing content to shape the section on historical challenges of the term social well-being.

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This research was supported by National Institutes of Health grants: U24 AT011310; U24 AT011281; U24 AT011289; U24 AG072699; U24 AG072701; U24 HD107562.

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Park, C.L., Kubzansky, L.D., Chafouleas, S.M. et al. A Perfect Storm to Set the Stage for Ontological Exploration: Response to Commentaries on “Emotional Well-Being: What It Is and Why It Matters”. Affec Sci 4, 52–58 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s42761-022-00169-8

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