Well-Being: Positive Development across the Life Course

Well-Being: Positive Development across the Life Course

Well-Being: Positive Development across the Life Course

Well-Being: Positive Development across the Life Course

Synopsis

Integrating physical, cognitive, and social-emotional domains, Well-Being is the first scientific book to consider well-being holistically. Focusing on a set of core strengths grouped within these three domains, the book also includes a fourth section on developmental strengths through adulthood that broadly examines a continuum of health and development, as well as transitions in well-being. This volume takes a developmental perspective across the life course, describing foundational strengths for well-being-the capacities that can be actively developed, supported, or learned. These foundational strengths-problem solving, emotional regulation, and physical safety-are the positive underpinnings of early child health and development, as well as ongoing well-being across the life course. Working together and blending their respective disciplinary perspectives and expertise, 53 experts in psychology, sociology, child development, and medicine have contributed to the book.

Excerpt

Contemporary psychological science is increasingly diversified, pluralistic, and specialized, and most psychologists venture beyond the confines of their substantive specialty only rarely. Yet psychologists with different specialties encounter similar problems, ask similar questions, and share similar concerns. Unfortunately, there are today too few arenas available for the expression or exploration of what is common across psychological subdisciplines. The Crosscurrents in Contemporary Psychology series is intended to serve as such a forum.

The chief aim of this series is to provide integrated perspectives on supradisciplinary themes in psychology. The first volume in the series was devoted to a consideration of Psychological Development from Infancy; the second volume to Comparative Methods in Psychology; volumes three, four, and five examined relations between Psychology and Its Allied Disciplines in the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences; volume six concerned itself with Sensitive Periods in Development; volume seven focused on Interaction in Human Development; volume eight addressed Cultural Approaches to Parenting; and volume nine examined the intersection of Child Development and Behavioral Pediatrics.

The Center for Child Well-being appreciates this approach and, under it aegis, pursued an in-depth interdisciplinary assessment of life course well-being. The Center focuses on the next frontier of developing strengths from birth through adolescence and explores how to nurture children's thriving in all aspects of life—the physical, socioemotional, and cognitive. Toward that end, the Center gathered scholars, practitioners, public health professionals, and principals in the child development community to examine, from their respective disciplinary perspectives and expertise, the common question, “What are the central elements of child wellbeing—the fundamental strengths that support children's early health and development and sustain positive development throughout the life course?” In response, this group prepared analytic reviews of key positive capacities for well-being. The . . .

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