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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Character strengths in the United Kingdom: The VIA Inventory of Strengths
Author(s): Linley, P Alex
Maltby, John
Wood, Alex M
Joseph, Stephen
Harrington, Susan
Peterson, Christopher
Park, Nansook
Seligman, Martin E P
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Keywords: character strengths
UK sample
VIA Inventory of Strengths
Group identity Great Britain
National characteristics, Great Britain
Issue Date: Jul-2007
Date Deposited: 22-Apr-2013
Citation: Linley PA, Maltby J, Wood AM, Joseph S, Harrington S, Peterson C, Park N & Seligman MEP (2007) Character strengths in the United Kingdom: The VIA Inventory of Strengths. Personality and Individual Differences, 43 (2), pp. 341-351.
Abstract: The development of a classification of strengths, the Values in Action Inventory of Strengths, has done much to advance research into strengths of character. Using an Internet sample of 17,056 UK respondents, we present data on the character strengths of a large UK sample. Women typically scored higher on strengths than did men. However, four of the top five "signature strengths" of the UK men and women overall were the same (open-mindedness, fairness, curiosity, and love of learning). Strengths typically showed small but significant positive associations with age, with the strongest associations with age between curiosity and love of learning (strengths of wisdom and knowledge), fairness (a strength of justice), and forgiveness and self-regulation (strengths of temperance). The discussion addresses potential limitations and suggests pertinent directions for future research.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.paid.2006.12.004
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