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The Science of Well-Being$
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Felicia A. Huppert, Nick Baylis, and Barry Keverne

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198567523

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567523.001.0001

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The relevance of subjective well-being to social policies: optimal experience and tailored intervention

The relevance of subjective well-being to social policies: optimal experience and tailored intervention

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(p.378) (p.379) Chapter 15 The relevance of subjective well-being to social policies: optimal experience and tailored intervention
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The Science of Well-Being
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Antonella Delle Fave

Fausto Massimini

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567523.003.0015

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.

Keywords:   subjective well-being, psychology, social science, interventions, street children, disabled, optimal experience, psychological selection

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