SELF - Driving Positive Psychology and Wellbeing

Edited by:
Frédéric Guay, Université Laval Québec
Herbert Marsh, Australian Catholic University
Dennis M. McInerney, The Education University of Hong Kong
Rhonda G. Craven, Australian Catholic University

A volume in the series: International Advances in Self Research. Editor(s): Rhonda G. Craven, University of Western Sydney. Herbert Marsh, University of Western Sydney. Dennis M. McInerney, The Education University of Hong Kong.

Published 2017

Research on the Self relates to various phenomena including self‐esteem, self‐concept, self‐verification, self‐awareness, identity, self‐efficacy, passion, self‐determination, goals etc. that are predictive of optimal functioning and well‐being. Such a research endeavor is consistent with the positive psychology movement focusing on the scientific study of what makes people psychologically healthy, happy, and satisfied in their lives, as well as on their strengths and virtues. The positive psychology movement cultivates a sensible approach to optimal human functioning and well‐being in various life contexts. Chapters in this volume will illustrate some of the best of the research on the interplay between the self and positive psychology, to show the potential of this research for transforming our societies.

SELF – Driving Positive Psychology and Well‐being thus provides a unique insight into self and its fundamental role for well‐being. This volume is intended to develop both theoretical and methodological ideas and to present empirical evidence of various phenomenon important for well ‐being. The scope of the volume is thus very broad, and provides a framework for the development of the chapter as authors see most appropriate.

CONTENTS
Preface. The Role of Perceived Competence in the Lives of Children With ADHD, Emotional and Behavioral Disorder, Learning Disability, and Developmental Disability: A Positive Psychology Perspective, Andrew J. Martin, Iva Strnadová, Susan C. O’Neill, and Therese M. Cumming. Striving to Validate Competence Versus Striving to Attain Normative Superiority: Two Distinct Motivational Processes With Different Implications for the Self, Yoonkyung Chung and Mimi Bong. The Development of Interest and Self‐Related Processing, Suzanne E. Hidi, K. Ann Renninger and Georg Northoff. Academic Self‐Concept in the Sciences: Domain‐Specific Differentiation, Gender Differences, and Dimensional Comparison Effects, Malte Jansen. Does Culture Matter for Grit? Mapping Cross‐Cultural Directions in Grit Research Programs, Jesus Alfonso D. Datu and Dennis M. McInerney. The Distinctive Roles of Perceptions of Health Risks and Benefits, Self‐Efficacy, and Motivation in the Awareness, Initiation, and Maintenance of Healthy Behaviors, Luc G. Pelletier, Camille Guertin and Meredith Rocchi. The Role of Parents in Supporting Adjustment to School: A Motivational Perspective, Catherine F. Ratelle and Stéphane Duchesne. Pervasive Influences on Wellness and Thriving: Cultural, Political, and Economic Contexts and the Support of Basic Psychological Needs, Richard M. Ryan, Stefano I. Di Domenico, William S. Ryan, and Edward L. Deci. Leveraging Self Psychology to Strengthen Positive Psychology: Conceptual Analysis of Three Paths to Well‐Being, Danu Anthony Stinson and William B. Swann Jr. A Relative Cognitive Strength and Interest Model: A New Perspective for Understanding Individual and Gender Differences in STEM Fields, Ming‐Te Wang and Jessica L. Degol. Development of Children’s Ability Beliefs and Values and School‐Based Interventions to Improve Them, Allan Wigfield, Jessica Gladstone, and Lara Turci. About the Editors. About the Contributors.