Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2015

Keywords

Positive psychology, Happiness, Well-being, Middle East and North Africa, Integrative review

Abstract

Since the original call by Seligman and Csikszentmihalyi (2000) for a new science of happiness, excellence, and optimal human functioning, there has been considerable momentum in the research in positive psychology (see Donaldson, Dollwet, & Rao, 2014). A systematic review of the literature explicitly linked to the positive psychology movement assessed the extent of authorship, empirical and theoretical publications, and engagement of local samples in the indigenous research emerging from the Middle Eastern and North African regions. An in-depth review of these articles (n = 53) was conducted to examine the trends in publication, author locations, sample locations, key topics, research approaches and findings from exemplary articles that attend to key issues. Highlights from cross-national comparisons, cross-cultural validations and replications, research on positive constructs, and research on issues particular to the Middle East and North Africa are reviewed. Finally, unique trends of the research emerging from the Middle Eastern and North African regions are discussed and future directions for growth are explored.

Publication Title

Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology

Volume

1

Issue

1

First Page

60

Last Page

76

Required Publisher's Statement

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

https://middleeastjournalofpositivepsychology.org/index.php/mejpp/article/view/33

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Comments

Meg A. Warren published under the name Meg A. Rao in this journal.

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Text

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Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission.

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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