Flourishing Families – Book Prospectus

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The new field of positive psychology offers research and insights into the science of what makes life worth living and has been utilized successfully with individuals. In Seligman and Csikszentmihalyi’s (2000) seminal article, Positive Psychology: An Introduction, the authors argue that positive psychology needs to be infused into our large societal institutions. Indeed, in the intervening years, various aspects of positive psychology have found significant places in the policies and operations of schools, hospitals, businesses, and government institutions. Recently, a small number of studies have investigated the role of positive psychology in the most fundamental institution of all — the family. This book prospectus draws together the research and findings within the field of positive psychology which are particularly applicable to the parent-child relationship and will provide a set of evidence-based practices to be used by parents to help their children thrive. The content will revolve around Seligman’s theory of well-being (Seligman, 2011) which consists of five elements: positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment (PERMA).


family, parenting, parent-child relationship, PERMA


Family/Parenting/Children, Well-Being/Flourishing


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Date Posted: 19 December 2014