Positive Psychology Progress in India: Accomplishments and Pathways Ahead

Ghosh, Anindita and Deb, Amrita (2016) Positive Psychology Progress in India: Accomplishments and Pathways Ahead. Psychological Studies, 61 (3). pp. 113-125. ISSN 0033-2968

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The aim of this study is to summarize the developments in the field of positive psychology in India by focusing on research and applications. Since the emergence of the positive psychology movement in the West in 1998, researchers worldwide including India have been influenced by its strength-based approach. Over time, positive psychology in India has garnered an empirical base. This paper attempts to trace the development of the field within India. Various databases such as PsycINFO, Science Direct, PubMed, EBSCO and Shodhganga were searched along with the gray literature according to a set of criteria. Relevant researches were categorized under study characteristics, variables studied and assessment of positive psychology variables. Findings show that well-being is the most widely studied topic in positive psychology in India. Other topics including character strengths and posttraumatic growth also seem to be gaining popularity. Future directions on investigating topics that have not received adequate attention, making efforts to bridge the gap between Indian psychology and positive psychology, addressing cultural issues in positive psychology research, focusing on interdisciplinary and multi-method approach and finally making positive psychology available to the non-scientific community, have been provided. It is hoped that these efforts will enable us to build a positive psychology community. On the basis of this analysis, it may be derived that psychology research in India has started focusing on prevention along with cure.

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Positive psychology in India Well-being Strength-based approach Positive mental health
Subjects: Social sciences
Divisions: Department of Liberal Arts
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2018 04:56
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2018 04:56
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/3991
Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1007/s12646-016-0367-5
OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0033-2968/
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