The European Football Championship as a Positive Festivity: Changes in Strengths of Character Before, During, and After the Euro 2008 in Switzerland

  • René T. ProyerEmail author
  • Fabian Gander
  • Sara Wellenzohn
  • Willibald Ruch
Part of the Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology book series (CAPP, volume 6)


This chapter presents an interesting and innovative quantitative study on the domain of sports, namely, addressing the changes encountered in character strengths of Switzerland citizens, after a collective festivity, the European Football Championship of 2008, and when Switzerland was the host country. The authors, René T. Proyer, Fabian Gander, Sara Wellenzohn, and Willibald Ruch, explore the interesting idea of malleability of strengths at the national level, in this case in a complete different direction of other studies regarding the impact of dramatic or shocking events affecting a whole nation. The discussion of conflicting results contributes to a debate regarding methodological difficulties and future directions.


Positive Psychology Character Strength Sport Event Terror Attack Sport Psychology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • René T. Proyer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Fabian Gander
    • 1
  • Sara Wellenzohn
    • 1
  • Willibald Ruch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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