Well-being research in South Africa


    • Wissing, Marié P.


Well-being research in South Africa

Marié P. Wissing, editor

(Cross-cultural advancements in positive psychology / series editor, Antonella Delle Fave, v. 4)

Springer, 2013

  • : softcover

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This is the first book to bring together examples of research in positive psychology / psychofortology conducted in the multi-cultural South African context with its diverse populations and settings. The volume reflects basic as well as applied well-being research in the multicultural South African context, as conducted in various contexts and with a variety of methods and foci. Theoretical, review, and empirical research contributions are made, reflecting positivist to constructivist approaches, and include quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method approaches. Some findings support universality assumptions, but others uncovered unique cultural patterns. Chapters report on well-being research conducted in the domains of education, work, health, and family, and in clinical, urban vs. rural, and unicultural vs. multicultural contexts. Studies span the well-being of adolescents, adults, and older people, and topics include resilience in individuals, families, and groups, measurement issues and coping processes, the role of personal and contextual variables, and facets such as hope, spirituality, self-regulation, and interventions.


  • Contributors.- Preface.- Chapter 1. Introduction
  • Marie P. Wissing.- Chapter 2. Toward Fortigenesis and Fortology: An Informed Essay
  • Deodandus J. W. Strumpfer.- Chapter 3. Positive Psychology and Education
  • Irma Eloff.- Chapter 4. Life Design: An Approach to Managing Diversity in South Africa
  • Jacobus G. Maree.- Chapter 5. Teacher Pathways to Resilience: Interpretations of Teacher Adjustment to HIV/AIDS-related Challenges
  • Linda Theron.- Chapter 6. Building generative theory from case work: The relationship-resourced resilience model
  • Liesel Ebersohn.- Chapter 7. From Happiness to Flourishing at Work: A Southern African Perspective
  • Sebastiaan Rothmann.- Chapter 8. Resilience and Thriving among Health Professionals
  • Henriette van den Berg.- Chapter 9. Measuring Happiness: Results of a Cross-National Study
  • Sebastiaan Rothmann.- Chapter 10. Further validation of the General Psychological Well-being Scale among a Setswana-speaking group
  • Itumeleng P. Khumalo, Q. Michael Temane and Marie P. Wissing.- Chapter 11. Feeling Good, Functioning Well and Being True: Reflections on Selected Findings from the FORT Research Programme
  • Marie P. Wissing and Michael Temane.- Chapter 12. Coping and Cultural Context: Implications for Psychological Health and Well-being
  • Marelize Willers, Johan C. Potgieter, Itumeleng P. Khumalo, Leone Malan, Paul J. Mentz, and Suria Ellis.- Chapter 13. Aspects of Family Resilience in Various Groups of South African Families
  • Abraham P. Greeff.- Chapter 14. Psychological Well-being, Physical Health, and the Quality of Life of a Group of Farm Workers in South Africa: The FLAGH study
  • Sammy, M. Thekiso, Karel, F. H. Botha, Marie P. Wissing and Annamarie Kruger.- Chapter 15. The Pivotal Role of Social Support in the Well-being of Adolescents
  • Henriette S. Van den Berg, Ancel A. George, Edwin D. Du Plessis, Anja Botha, Natasha Basson, Marisa De Villiers and Solomon Makola.-Chapter 16. Older Adults' Coping with Adversities in an African Context: A Spiritually Informed Relational Perspective
  • Vera Roos.- Chapter 17. Asset-based Coping as One Way of Dealing with Vulnerability
  • Ronel Ferreira.- Chapter 18.Relational Coping Strategies of Older Adults with Drought in a Rural African Context
  • Vera Roos, Shingairai Chigeza and Dewald van Niekerk.- Chapter 19. The Stories of Resilience in a Group of Professional Nurses in South Africa
  • Magdalene P Koen, Chrizanne van Eeden, Marie Wissing and Vicki Koen.- Chapter 20. Psychosocial Health: Disparities between Urban and Rural Communities
  • Marie P. Wissing, Q. Michael Temane, Itumeleng P. Khumalo, Annamarie Kruger and Hester H.Vorster.- Chapter 21. Multi-cultural differences in hope and goal-achievement
  • David J. F. Maree and Marinda Maree.- Chapter 22. The Role of Gender and Race in Sense of Coherence and Hope Orientation Results
  • Sanet van der Westhuizen (nee Coetzee), Marie de Beer and Nomfusi Bekwa.- Chapter 23. Self-Regulation as Psychological Strength in South Africa: A Review
  • Karel Botha.- Chapter 24. Commitment as an identity-level regulatory process in academic and interpersonal contexts
  • Salome Human-Vogel.- Chapter 25. Facilitating psychological well-being through hypnotherapeutic interventions
  • Tharina Guse and Gerda Fourie.- Chapter 26. Positive Psychology and Subclinical Eating Disorders
  • Doret Kirsten and Wynand F. Du Plessis.- Chapter 27. Evaluation of a Programme to Enhance Flourishing in Adolescents
  • Izanette Van Schalkwyk and Marie P. Wissing.- Chapter 28. Conclusions and Challenges for Further Research
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