This book is a primer for practitioners and researchers striving to incorporate the assessment of human strengths, resources, and fulfillment into their work. Contributors examine the scientific underpinnings and practical applications of measures of hope, optimism, self-efficacy, problem-solving, locus of control, creativity, wisdom, courage, positive emotion, self-esteem, love, emotional intelligence, empathy, attachment, forgiveness, humor, gratitude, faith, morality, coping, well-being, and quality of life. Vocational and multicultural applications of positive psychological assessment are also discussed, as is the measurement of contextual variables that may facilitate the development or enhancement of human strengths.
This second edition includes a fully-updated research base, and extensive case studies that offer concrete examples of how clinical readers can use these tools in their practice.
About the Authors:
Matthew W. Gallagher, PhD is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics, University of Houston. He received his Ph.D. in clinical and quantitative psychology from the University of Kansas. His primary research interest is understanding how positive thinking promotes well-being and provides resilience to anxiety. Dr. Gallagher's research has won awards from the Association for Psychological Science and the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology. He is widely published and is a licensed psychologist. Dr. Gallagher lives in Houston, Texas. Visit https://www.uh.edu/class/psychology/about/people/matthew-gallagher/.
Shane J. Lopez, PhD was Research Director of the Don Clifton Strengths Institute, and Senior Scientist at Gallup. He received his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Kansas and was previously faculty at their Counseling Psychology Program. His research focused on developing and disseminating hope and strengths promotion programs in schools, examining the impact of hope on engagement and well-being across the lifespan. Dr. Lopez was also the architect of the Gallup Student Poll, a measure that has assessed the hope, engagement, and well-being of more than 5 million students. Dr. Lopez was a widely published author who won numerous awards for his contributions to the field. Dr. Lopez passed away in 2016. Visit http://myframeworks.org/emotional-intelligence-experts/shane-lopez/.