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March 19, 2015

Latest research from Psychology of Well-Being

Positive Narrative Group Psychotherapy: the use of
traditional fairy tales to enhance psychological well-being and
Chiara Ruini, Licia Masoni, Fedra Ottolini, Silvia Ferrari


Positive functioning inventory: initial validation of a 12-
item self-report measure of well-being
Stephen Joseph, John Maltby


Managing performance anxiety and improving mental skills in
conservatoire students through performance psychology training: a
pilot study?
Margaret S Osborne, Don J Greene, Don T Immel


Adolescents’ expression and perception of emotion in music
reflects their broader abilities of emotional communication
Suvi Saarikallio, Jonna Vuoskoski, Geoff Luck


Access more articles here

Child Indicators Research, Vol. 8, Issue 1

Child Indicators Research, Volume 8 Number 1 is now available online at SpringerLink (ToC).

Quality of Life Research, Vol. 24, Issue 3

Quality of Life Research, Volume 24 Number 3 is now available online at SpringerLink (ToC).

Social Indicators Research, Vol. 121, Issue 3

Social Indicators Research Volume 121 Number 3 is now available online at SpringerLink (ToC).

Social Indicators Research, Vol. 121, Issue 2

Social Indicators Research, Volume 121 Number 2 is now available online at SpringerLink (ToC).

March 14, 2015

Tuesday lunch webinar on How to Add Positive Psychology to Your Practice


A free webinar on How to Add Positive Psychology to Your Practice in therapy or coaching  will take place this Tuesday at 1pm EST; to register go to: .

Participants will learn how to conduct Quality of Life Therapy and how to use  the Quality of Life Inventory or QOLI.

These approaches are featured in the upcoming John Wiley & Sons book, The Handbook of Positive Clinical Psychology, edited by Alex Wood and Judith Johnson, as one of the very few comprehensive and evidence-based approaches to Positive Psychology [aka Well-Being] Intervention and Assessment in the world.



Research developments…

There is a nationwide VA Grant-Funded Study using the Quality of Life Inventory or QOLI:


A Third NIH-grant funded study of Quality of Life Therapy is underway:


Other Randomized controlled trials are being planned and conducted both in and outside of the USA.


Note:  The Quality of Life Therapy approach to positive psychology intervention has been characterized as pioneering and evidence-based by Marty Seligman and others:

Rashid, T. & Seligman, M. (2014).  Positive psychotherapy (pp. 466; 461-498).  In Raymond J. Corsini (Author), Danny WeddingCurrent Psychotherapies (10th Ed.).  Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning.  ISBN: 978-1-285-08371-1.

Compton, W.C. & Hoffman, E. (2013, pp. 47).  Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Flourishing (2nd Edition).  Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. ISBN-13: 978-1111834128.

Carr, A. (2011, pages 341-342).  Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Human Strengths (2nd Edition).  NY: Routledge.  ISBN-13: 978-0415602358.


Dr. Michael B. Frisch
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Baylor University
One Bear Place 97334
Waco, Texas  76798
Phone direct:  254-710-2252 has voicemail
Phone department: 254-710-2961

Well-Being Test, “Quality of LIfe Inventory or/”QOLI®” at

Research Supported Positive Psychology:
Quality of Life Therapy and Coaching book/manual :

Research Articles/RCTs:

March 9, 2015

Appeal for support for QOL (Dissertation) research in Northern Kenya


my name is Gladys Mwangi. I am in my final year of my doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology at Daystar University in Kenya. I am looking for funding support to undertake my dissertation research:

The experimental research aims to establish the effectiveness of psycho-education on the quality of life for people with anxiety, depression and alcohol use. The target population of my study is the Maasai community located in Laikipia North (an arid area).

Findings of this study will be useful to inform the mental health arena in Kenya, add onto existing literature on quality of life, provide evidence for improving psycho-education programs in resource poor and marginalized communities.

Thanks for your support.

March 5, 2015

New: MA in Sustainable Communities & Development

The University of Ireland Galway has launched the MA in Sustainable Communities & Development by the School of Political Science and Sociology.

This new comprehensive programme includes a range of innovative and interdisciplinary modules, focusing on key areas of:

  • sustainable development and resilient communities;
  • urban livability, planning and technology;
  • social support and sustainability;
  • project development, social/public policy influence and communication.

Here is the information flyer.

The new Programme is being delivered as a one year full-time or two year part-time option.

For more details, see

or contact Dr Brian McGrath,



The call for papers is open. Extended Deadline: 20 th March, 2015.

ISA-RC55 Mid-term Conference

Padua (ITALY), 17 th and 18 th September, 2015.

The conference will focus on recent developments in synthesizing indicators and, more generally, in quantifying complex phenomena. It will also identify important problems and new research directions in the field of social indicators. The conference will include the round table ” The role of composite indicators in the data revolution”,

Chair: Enrico Giovannini, and the guest lectures of Alberto Peruzzi (“Much ado about complexity: What remains after noise removal?”) and Kenneth Land (“Scalability of composite indices: Complexity complications”).

The best papers will be considered for publication in Social Indicator
Research journal (

See for more information.

The conference chairs
Giovanna Boccuzzo and Filomena Maggino

CALL FOR SESSIONS, 13th ISQOLS Conference, “The Future of Quality of Life,” October 15-17, Phoenix, Arizona

We invite ISQOLS members to organize sessions for the conference. A variety of topics are encouraged, especially around innovative research. Interdisciplinary topics and sessions are welcome as well.

The session organizer will be responsible for identifying and confirming presenters in their session. Typically, there are three to four presenters in a session and the organizer usually serves as the moderator (and can present in the session if desired).

Please submit your session proposals by March 25th to us at:

Decisions will be made by April 1 when the online call for papers system will be opened.

We look forward to a beneficial and exciting conference this year in Phoenix, and your participation in organizing sessions will be instrumental to its success!


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