Positive Psychological Interventions in U.S. Schools

A Public Health Approach to Internalizing and Externalizing Problems

Authored by: David N. Miller , Amanda B. Nickerson , Shane R. Jimerson

Handbook of Positive Psychology in Schools

Print publication date:  March  2014
Online publication date:  February  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415621854
eBook ISBN: 9780203106525
Adobe ISBN: 9781136258398

10.4324/9780203106525.ch30

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Abstract

The contemporary zeitgeist in the field of psychology in the United States reflects both positive psychology (Gilman, Huebner, & Furlong, 2009; Linley, Joseph, Harrington, & Wood, 2006; Peterson, 2006; Snyder & Lopez, 2007) and a public health framework (Doll & Cummings, 2008; Merrell & Buchanan, 2006; Shinn & Walker, 2010; Strein, Hoagwood, & Cohn, 2003). Positive psychology emphasizes that wellness is more than the absence of disease symptoms (Huebner & Gilman, 2003; Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi, 2000) and advocates a change from a preoccupation with addressing deficits to also promoting mental health and well-being (Miller, Gilman, & Martens, 2008). The public health framework emphasizes the collective well-being of populations, including the social aspects of health and preventive education (Strein et al., 2003).

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