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Increasing Psychological Well-being in Clinical and Educational Settings

Interventions and Cultural Contexts

  • Giovanni Andrea Fava
  • Chiara Ruini
  • Discusses a neglected aspect in psychotherapy research: cultural diversity

  • Presents and examines many therapies and interventions in a variety of settings

  • Approaches the topic from biological, psychological, and social perspectives


Part of the Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology book series (CAPP, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Carol D. Ryff, Gayle D. Love, Yuri Miyamoto, Hazel Rose Markus, Katherine B. Curhan, Shinobu Kitayama et al.
    Pages 1-19
  3. Chiara Ruini, Giovanni Andrea Fava
    Pages 21-39
  4. Andrew K. MacLeod, Olga Luzon
    Pages 41-55
  5. Carmelo Vázquez, Pau Pérez-Sales, Cristian Ochoa
    Pages 57-74
  6. Elizeth Heldt, Carolina Blaya, Gisele Gus Manfro
    Pages 103-114
  7. Elisa Albieri, Dalila Visani
    Pages 115-134
  8. Toni Noble, Helen McGrath
    Pages 135-152
  9. Tayyab Rashid, Afroze Anjum, Ron Chu, Suzanna Stevanovski, Anosha Zanjani, Carolyn Lennox
    Pages 153-176
  10. Susana C. Marques, Shane J. Lopez
    Pages 187-197
  11. Carmel Proctor, P. Alex Linley
    Pages 199-215

About this book


This volume deals with strategies aimed at increasing psychological well-being in both clinical and non-clinical settings, with a special focus on the impact of cross-cultural influences on these processes. Consisting of two parts, the book first examines clinical interventions for increasing well-being and positive functioning in adult populations. It looks at cultural differences in the experience of psychological well-being, presents an analysis of the concept of psychological well-being and discusses various interventions, including Well-Being Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Other concepts discussed are post-traumatic growth, wisdom and motivation.

The second part of the book deals with psychological interventions in childhood and adolescence and has a strong emphasis on educational settings. It provides an overview of the main evidence-based psychotherapies for affective disorders in youths, and looks at the importance and impact of positive education, resilience, and hope. The book presents models for intervention and discusses several therapies in detail.



Behavioral Activation Burdens in Life Child Well-Being Therapy Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Concept of Trauma and PTG Emotional Disorders in Japan Emotional Disorders in the US Emotional Problems in Youth Improving Well-Being through Hypnosis Interventions for Treating Well-Being Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Motivation and Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy Philosophical Understanding of Wisdom Positive Interventions with Children and Youth Positive Relationships in School Settings Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Posttraumatic Growth Prevention of Depression Promoting Hope in Children and Youth Promoting Psychological Well-Being Promoting Psychological Well-Being in Children Promoting Resilience and Well-Being Psychological Well-Being Schema Focused Therapy School Based Interventions Subjective Well-Being Supportive Interpersonal Relationships and Life Satisfaction Traditional CBT and Well-Being Well-Being Therapy Well-Being and Resilience in School Settings Well-Being in Clinical Psychology Well-Being in Philosophy Well-Being in Psychosomatics Wisdom and Well-Being Youth and Life Satisfaction

Editors and affiliations

  • Giovanni Andrea Fava
    • 1
  • Chiara Ruini
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly

About the editors

Chiara Ruini, PhD. is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Bologna, Department of Psychology. Since 2006 she has been teaching the course “Clinical Applications of Positive Psychology” for students attending the Master Program in Clinical Psychology. The course is taught in English and is attracting an increasing number of European and International students, suggesting a growing interest for the application of positive psychology issues to the clinical domains. Chiara Ruini has authored more than 60 articles published in peer-reviewed international journals, has edited a book entitled “Increasing Psychological well-being across cultures” for the Springer series Positive Psychology across Cultures and serves the Editorial Boards for international Journals such as Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, the Psychology of Well-being, Theories Research and Practice, The Journal of Happiness and wellbeing. Her research interests are concerned with Positive Psychology, Clinical Psychology , Positive Youth Development, and Psychotherapy.

Bibliographic information


“A useful introduction  to the topic of well-being and various moves to shift psychology towards a more positive conception of human, for undergraduate students or interested lay people.” (Catherine Scott, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 60 (29), July, 2015)