Positive Community Psychology and Positive Community Development: Research and Intervention as Transformative-Appreciative Actions

  • Luis Miguel NetoEmail author
  • Helena Águeda Marujo
Part of the Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology book series (CAPP, volume 6)


This chapter reflects upon the bridges that need to be constructed between positive psychology and community psychology, promoting what already is a new hybrid field full of potential, which dwells upon values, and rethinks research and intervention as transformative-appreciative processes. The invitation to integrate different models, in particular from economy, social and community psychology, and education, paired with the importance attributed to a discussion on principles that guide researchers and the questions they ask, is rooted in a historical and critical perspective regarding the field of positive psychology. The vision for the future is also based upon the need to carefully and ethically address topics such as happiness when enrolling populations that live in poverty or are marginalized and excluded. Paulo Freire’s concept of conscientization is a way out to use positive psychology with the socially wounded, while helping them to become aware and conscious of their own strengths, as much as their life constraints. The works of Donna Mertens and David Cooperrider also provide a grid to support new ways of investigating. The authors are the editors of the book, Luis Miguel Neto and Helena Águeda Marujo.


Positive Psychology Community Psychology Appreciative Inquiry Mainstream Psychology Easterlin Paradox 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social and Political Sciences, ISCSP, CAPP – Center for Public Policy and AdministrationTechnical University of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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