Positive psychology for depression: a critical review

Clarry, Laura ORCID: 0000-0002-1843-9797 and Carson, Jerome ORCID: 0000-0002-7596-116X (2019) Positive psychology for depression: a critical review. Mental Health Practice. ISSN 1465-8720

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Abstract

Background Positive psychology has become a popular approach to psychology. Aim To evaluate the approach of positive psychology in dealing with depression and the strength of empirical research in the area. Method A comprehensive search was conducted using the search engines and databases: Scopus, Google Scholar, PsycARTICLES and ProQuest Central. Results were then screened. Results The ten reviewed studies indicate that the positive psychology approach is effective in treating depression and reducing symptoms. However, issues to be addressed include the need to integrate it with other approaches and how long it takes. Discussion The review highlights the effectiveness of positive psychology approaches and summarises the positives and negatives of the empirical research presented. Conclusion Positive psychology has clear, effective treatment methods that present benefits for the individual. However, the methods of treatment may be more time consuming and need more commitment from the individual than more traditional methods.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the Accepted Manuscript version of the paper not the Version of Record to access the final edited and published work see - https://journals.rcni.com/mental-health-practice/evidence-and-practice/positive-psychology-for-depression-a-critical-review-mhp.2019.e1312/full
Uncontrolled Keywords: depression, emotional aspects of care, emotional support, mental health, mental health therapies, psychological intervention
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2019 08:43
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2019 07:44
Identification Number: 10.7748/mhp.2019.e1312
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/2381

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