The relevance of subjective well-being to social policies: optimal experience and tailored intervention
This chapter deals with the implications of studies on subjective well-being in the fields of psychology, health, and social sciences. The knowledge derived from such studies enabled the creation of more relevant and effective interventions and social policies that prevent rather than just treat problems. The chapter opens with a discussion on the methodologies used and the subjects selected for study. The research deals primarily with disabled people and street children. The factors relevant to psychological studies on subjective well-being include subjective experience and social context. Notions of psychological selection and optimal experience are discussed in relation to well-being and social welfare. The subsequent sections discuss optimal experience in relation to the subjective experience of disablement and the stereotypes concerning street children. The final sections explore options for more effective intervention programs and social policies for these groups of people.
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