Character Strengths

  • Karrie A. ShogrenEmail author
  • Ryan M. Niemiec
  • Dan Tomasulo
  • Sheida Khamsi
Part of the Springer Series on Child and Family Studies book series (SSCFS)


This chapter examines the application of character strengths assessment and interventions to the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with a focus on the VIA Classification of Strengths. Assessments, including the VIA Inventory of Strengths and the VIA-Youth are described, as are interventions using character strengths, such as strengths-spotting, promoting signature strengths, the Apply-Explore-Aware Model, and interactive behavioral therapy.


Character strengths Intellectual and developmental disabilities Strength-based approach Signature strengths Positive psychology VIA classification VIA survey 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karrie A. Shogren
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ryan M. Niemiec
    • 2
  • Dan Tomasulo
    • 3
  • Sheida Khamsi
    • 1
  1. 1.University of KansasLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.VIA Institute on CharacterCincinnatiUSA
  3. 3.Department of Counseling and Clinical PsychologyColumbia University, Teachers CollegeNew YorkUSA

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