Well-Being: Individual, Community and Social Perspectives

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This interdisciplinary book indicates the need to address well-being from individual, community, and social perspectives in an integrated manner. The book complements the harm-based focus of much social scientific research into health. Chapters by a wide range of academics present a new dynamic view of well-being for the twenty-first century.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"An important contribution to positive psychology. John Haworth and Graham Hart have brought together a panel of international experts to authoritatively outline the state of the science of well-being and the implications of this for research, policy, and practice." - Alan Carr, University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland

"This is a book that should be widely read. Whilst undergraduate and postgraduate students in a range of disciplines and professional areas including leisure, psychology, health, and medicine will find it a scholarly and well researched contribution to their studies, this book deserves a wider audience." - Andy Smith, Managing Leisure

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230355682
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/15/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN HAWORTH is Research Fellow in the Research Institute for Health and Social Change at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He has published extensively on work, leisure, and well-being. Formerly at Manchester University, he co-founded the Leisure Studies Association, and the international journal Leisure Studies.

GRAHAM HART is Director of the Center for Sexual Health & HIV Research, Royal Free & University College Medical School, London, UK. His main research interests are in risk behaviors for and interventions to prevent unwanted sexual health outcomes, including HIV infection. He has published widely in these areas.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: J.Haworth&G.Hart
Positive Psychology and the Development of Well-Being; J.Henry
Individual Development and Community Empowerment: Suggestions from Studies on Optimal Experience; A.Delle Fave
Webs of Well-Being: The Interdependence of Personal, Relational, Organizational and Communal Well-Being; I.Prilleltensky&O.Prilleltensky
Health, Well-Being and Social Capital; J.Sixsmith&M.Boneham
Psychology in the Community; C.Kagan&A.Kilroy
Art, Health and Well-Being; D.Haley&P.Senior
Sense and Solidarities: Politics and Human Well-Being; Perri 6
Is Well-Being Local or Global? A Perspective from Ecopsychology; J.Pickering
Societal Inequality, Health and Well-Being; D.Ballas, D.Dorling&M.Shaw
A Life Course Approach to Well-Being; S.Hatch, F.Huppert, R.Abbott, T.Croudace, G.B.Ploubidis, M.E.J.Wadsworth, M.Richards&D.Kuh
Organizational Commitment: A Managerial Illusion?; M.White
Well-Being, Paid Work and Personal Life; S.Lewis&C.Purcell
Work, Leisure and Well-Being in Changing Social Conditions; J.Haworth
Friendship, Trust and Mutuality; R.Pahl

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