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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Using personal and psychological strengths leads to increases in well-being over time: A longitudinal study and the development of the strengths use questionnaire
Author(s): Wood, Alex M
Linley, P Alex
Maltby, John
Kashdan, Todd B
Hurling, Robert
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Keywords: Positive psychology
Well being
Quality of Life Research
Positive Psychology
Issue Date: Jan-2011
Date Deposited: 22-Apr-2013
Citation: Wood AM, Linley PA, Maltby J, Kashdan TB & Hurling R (2011) Using personal and psychological strengths leads to increases in well-being over time: A longitudinal study and the development of the strengths use questionnaire. Personality and Individual Differences, 50 (1), pp. 15-19.
Abstract: Positive psychology focuses on the benefits of both possessing and using personal strengths however existing research has focused exclusively on having rather than using strengths This study validates the Strengths Use Scale and presents the first test of whether strength use leads to improved well being A community sample (N = 207) completed measures at baseline and three and six month follow-up The scale had a clear one factor structure high internal consistency (alpha = 94-97) and impressive three and six-month stability (r = 84) Strengths use led to less stress and greater self esteem vitality and positive affect over both longitudinal assessment periods Strengths use is an important longitudinal predictor of well being and the new scale is a reliable and valid measurement tool.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.paid.2010.08.004
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