Journal of Adult Development

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 191–192 | Cite as

Introduction: Special Issue on Positive Psychology and Adult Development



The study of Positive Psychology brings a much needed emphasis to the study of the cognitions, traits, and contexts of behavior that are associated with optimal development and flourishing during the entire course of life. It highlights the ways in which growth, hope, and resilience (to name just a few concepts) aid a person in dealing with the inevitable challenges of life, either in individual terms or via organizations that optimize chances for growth. The papers in this second Special Issue on Positive Psychology and Adult Development focus especially on friendship, spirituality, wisdom, and mental health issues.


Positive psychology Adult development Friendship Spirituality Wisdom Mental health 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentTowson UniversityTowsonUSA

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