Well-Being and Cultures

Perspectives from Positive Psychology

  • Hans Henrik Knoop
  • Antonella Delle Fave

Part of the Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology book series (CAPP, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Hans Henrik Knoop, Antonella Delle Fave
    Pages 1-10
  3. Hilde Eileen Nafstad, Rolv Mikkel Blakar, Albert Botchway, Erlend Sand Bruer, Petra Filkukova, Kim Rand-Hendriksen
    Pages 51-69
  4. Antonella Delle Fave, Ingrid Brdar, Dianne Vella-Brodrick, Marie P. Wissing
    Pages 117-134
  5. Iva Šolcová, Vladimír Kebza
    Pages 161-170
  6. Loredana Ruxandra Gherasim, Simona Butnaru, Alin Gavreliuc, Luminita Mihaela Iacob
    Pages 195-217
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 219-221

About this book


This anthology focuses on empirical studies comparing cultures in relation to central positive psychological topics. It contains selected papers from the 5th European Conference on Positive Psychology held in 2010 in Denmark. The book starts out with an introductory chapter that brings together the main ideas and findings within an integrative perspective, based on a broad theoretical framework encompassing interdisciplinary and methodological issues. It gives special emphasis to some open issues in the theory and assessment of culture-related dimensions, and to the potential of positive psychology in addressing them. The introductory chapter is followed by two chapters that examine theoretical approaches and instruments developed to assess happiness and well-being across cultures. Following that examination, five chapters are devoted to the relationship between well-being, cultures and values. The second half of the book prominently investigates well-being across cultures in the light of socio-economic factors.

This book shows that positive psychology, now officially well into its second decade, is providing still finer-grained perspectives on the diversity of cultures along with insights about our shared human nature, uniting us for better or worse.


Challenges in current cross-cultural research Colourful global society Positive Psychology and cross-cultural research Research on the VIA Classification The Pemberton Happiness Index VIA Inventory Character Strenghts

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans Henrik Knoop
    • 1
  • Antonella Delle Fave
    • 2
  1. 1., Department of EducationAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Scienze Cliniche Luigi SUniversità degli Studi di MilanoMilanoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-4610-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-4611-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2210-5417
  • Series Online ISSN 2210-5425
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