Well-Being Research in South Africa

  • Marié P. Wissing

Part of the Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology book series (CAPP, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Marié P. Wissing
    Pages 1-6
  3. Deodandus J. W. Strümpfer
    Pages 7-37
  4. Irma Eloff
    Pages 39-51
  5. Henriëtte S. van den Berg
    Pages 153-173
  6. Sebastiaan Rothmann
    Pages 175-197
  7. Itumeleng P. Khumalo, Q. Michael Temane, Marié P. Wissing
    Pages 199-224
  8. Marelize Willers, Johan C. Potgieter, Itumeleng P. Khumalo, Leoné Malan, Paul J. (Kobus) Mentz, Suria Ellis
    Pages 251-272
  9. Sammy M. Thekiso, Karel F. H. Botha, Marié P. Wissing, Annamarie Kruger
    Pages 293-313
  10. Henriëtte S. van den Berg, Ancel A. George, Edwin D. Du Plessis, Anja Botha, Natasha Basson, Marisa De Villiers et al.
    Pages 315-339
  11. Vera Roos, Shingairai Chigeza, Dewald van Niekerk
    Pages 375-388
  12. Magdalena P. Koen, Chrizanne van Eeden, Marié P. Wissing, Vicki Koen
    Pages 389-413
  13. Marié P. Wissing, Q. Michael Temane, Itumeleng P. Khumalo, Annamarie Kruger, Hester H. Vorster
    Pages 415-438
  14. David J. F. Maree, Marinda Maree
    Pages 439-477
  15. Sanet van der Westhuizen (née Coetzee), Marié de Beer, Nomfusi Bekwa
    Pages 479-500
  16. Doret. K. Kirsten, Wynand F. du Plessis
    Pages 557-580
  17. Izanette van Schalkwyk, Marié P. Wissing
    Pages 581-605
  18. Marié P. Wissing
    Pages 607-632
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 633-639

About this book


This is the first book to bring together examples of research in positive psychology / psychofortology conducted in the multi-cultural South African context with its diverse populations and settings. The volume reflects basic as well as applied well-being research in the multicultural South African context, as conducted in various contexts and with a variety of methods and foci. Theoretical, review, and empirical research contributions are made, reflecting positivist to constructivist approaches, and include quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method approaches. Some findings support universality assumptions, but others uncovered unique cultural patterns. Chapters report on well-being research conducted in the domains of education, work, health, and family, and in clinical, urban vs. rural, and unicultural vs. multicultural contexts. Studies span the well-being of adolescents, adults, and older people, and topics include resilience in individuals, families, and groups, measurement issues and coping processes, the role of personal and contextual variables, and facets such as hope, spirituality, self-regulation, and interventions.


Coping with Adversities in an African Context Enhancing Flourishing in Adolescents Facilitating Psychological Well-Being Family Resilience in South African Families Finding from the FORT Research Programme Flourishing at Work in South Africa Life Design in South Africa Measuring Happiness in South Africa Multi-Cultural Differences in South Africa Positive Psychology and Eating Disorders Positive Psychology and Education Positive Psychology and Functioning Well-Being Positive Psychology and Living with HIV/AIDS Psychological Well-Being Scale among a Setswana-speaking group Psychosocial Assets in South Africa Psychosocial Health and Well-Being Psychosocial Well-being Quality of Life of Farm Workers in South Africa Self-Regulation in South Africa The FLAGH study

Editors and affiliations

  • Marié P. Wissing
    • 1
  1. 1.The Africa Unit for Transdis. Health, Research, North-West University:School of Psychosoc. Behav. Scs. andPotchefstroomSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-6367-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-6368-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2210-5417
  • Series Online ISSN 2210-5425
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