Louise Lambert

Louise Lambert

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All things positive psychology to make us, organizations and institutions marvelous. _______________________ Please ensure that you cite my articles from 2015 and 2016 correctly. The last name at that time was Lambert D'raven, L. and NOT D'raven L., L. This causes confusion for others trying to source my articles. Thanks.

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Interest in adolescents’ wellbeing and mental health is growing worldwide, but little research in this area has been conducted in certain world regions and countries such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Geographic, socio-demographic and school type differences in adolescent wellbeing and mental health are commonly observed in the field, and the...
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The mission of positive psychology is to explore and build wellbeing in the lives of individuals the world over; however, like all theoretical frameworks, its evolution propels researchers and practitioners into increasingly complex issues. Developments in the field promote a broader view on wellbeing, focusing on culture, religion, social interact...
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Courses that target wellbeing have grown in higher education. Positive Psychology Interventions (PPIs), the empirically validated activities designed to generate wellbeing, form the bulk of these courses. Their effectiveness has been documented across global meta-analyses; but less so in the Middle East/North Africa region and in classroom settings...
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Interest in how to promote student wellbeing in schools is growing. Research shows that some drivers of wellbeing are universal (e.g., bullying), but others are country specific. No prior study has investigated this question in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where geographic, socio-demographic and school type differences in student wellbeing are s...
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How happiness is defined depends on who is asked. In the case of universities, student happiness should prevail, yet their voices are often overlooked. This is also the case in the research literature where non-Western views are less frequently reflected. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), a country whose population is comprised of nearly 90% expatria...
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The mission of positive psychology is to explore and build wellbeing in the lives of individuals the world over; however, like all theoretical frameworks, its evolution propels researchers and practitioners into increasingly complex issues. Developments in the field promote a broader view on wellbeing, focusing on culture, religion, social interact...
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The mission of positive psychology is to explore and build wellbeing in the lives of individuals the world over; however, like all theoretical frameworks, its evolution propels researchers and practitioners into increasingly complex issues. Developments in the field promote a broader view on wellbeing, focusing on culture, religion, social interact...
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While there is evidence for the effects of positive psychology interventions (PPIs) in the Western world, we know little about their effects on Arab cultures. This review aimed to assess the effects of PPIs on well‐being and mental health across Arab countries. Systematic searches of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi‐experimental studie...
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Interest in adolescents’ wellbeing and mental health is growing worldwide, but little research in this area has been conducted in certain world regions and countries such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Geographic, socio-demographic and school type differences in adolescent wellbeing and mental health are commonly observed in the field, and the...
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The literature is rife with papers discussing the state of developed and developing economies with a number of commonalities around what drives life satisfaction. In sum, females, the educated and well off, younger and older generations, the married or partnered as well as employees with decent job prospects report higher life satisfaction. Yet, wh...
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The Scale of Positive and Negative Experience (SPANE) is an emerging wellbeing scale to measure the frequency of positive and negative emotions. This study explores the psycho-metric properties of SPANE on a sample from the Arab Gulf region. The Arab Gulf region shares cultural elements with the broader Muslim and Arab world, but maintains distinct...
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Positive psychology interventions hold great promise as schools around the world look to increase the wellbeing of young people. To reach this aim, a program was developed to generate positive emotions, as well as improve life satisfaction, mental toughness and perceptions of school kindness in 538 expatriate students in Dubai, United Arab Emirates...
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In most education systems, students with an immigrant background perform worse academically than do native students. However, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) differences emerge in the opposite direction and the national-expatriate gap in academic performance is equivalent to almost three years of schooling. This gap is a concern in the UAE, where...
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Wellbeing has become an increasingly important priority worldwide. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), much research and financial investment are being committed to increasing wellbeing. However, how the pursuit of happiness, as a driver of wellbeing, is not commonly investigated. In particular, fear of happiness and beliefs in its fragility challen...
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The goals of positive psychology, coaching and coaching psychology have always been the same: to help individuals achieve their best selves, whether at work or in their personal lives. Yet, how this is accomplished has also been a consistent point of contention: The models, theories and tools used to achieve such change, as well as the assumptions...
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Introduction: Despite the growing volume of published studies on the effects of positive psychology interventions (PPIs), little is known about their effectiveness outside of Western countries, particularly in Arab countries. As the effectiveness of PPIs in this region remains unclear, a systematic review focusing on this area of research can offe...
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In this chapter, we cover challenges pertaining specifically to psychology research within the GCC region and offer some insights and solutions. We analyze why, given a largely stable political landscape, economic prosperity and a government strategy for supporting science and academia, the GCC countries still lag in the development and growth of p...
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As the science of wellbeing has grown, universities have adopted the challenge of prioritizing the wellbeing of students. Positive psychology interventions (PPIs), activities designed to increase the frequency of positive emotions and experiences, which help to facilitate the use of actions and thoughts that lead to human flourishing, are being inc...
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As positive psychology expands its range of strategies to raise levels of flourishing, many interventions have been identified with new ones emerging. The positive arts offer a new avenue; one such intervention is drama and theater that can benefit subjective and social wellbeing as these offer individuals the opportunity to empathize with others,...
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Predictive of improved learning outcomes, better mental health, and prosocial behavior, wellbeing can be explicitly taught via positive psychology interventions (PPIs). A year-long multi-component PPI program was developed with the intent to generate positive emotions, life satisfaction, and increase levels of mental toughness and perceptions of sc...
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How the COVID-19 pandemic will affect society long-term remains to be seen, but the role taken by wellbeing researchers and practitioners can shape our communal future. Never has wellbeing and the field of psychology been better equipped, nor more relevant, in addressing issues of sustainable development known to significantly contribute to and und...
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In most education systems, students with an immigrant background perform worse academically compared to native students. However, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), differences emerge in the opposite direction and the national-expatriate gap in academic competence is equivalent to almost three years of schooling. This gap is a concern in the UAE, w...
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In this paper we engage in a conversation speaking from three different perspectives and discuss the ways literature and our personal life experiences can inform policy and practice in relation to the concepts of well-being, education, and culture. We gathered around a metaphorical kitchen table, bringing to it our life experiences, as well as the...
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Background: Psychology is open to the charge of being Western-centric, with its understanding and conceptualisation of topics such as wellbeing influenced by the mainly-Western cultural contexts in which it has developed. As such, efforts are underway to explore and incorporate ideas and perspectives from non-Western cultures. Aims: One such effort...
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The science of wellbeing has come a long way from the early days of measuring wellbeing via a nation’s GDP, and wellbeing measures and concepts continue to proliferate to capture its various elements. Yet, much of this activity has reflected concepts from Western cultures, despite the emphasis placed on wellbeing in all corners of the globe. To mee...
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Wellbeing is predictive of improved learning outcomes, better mental health, prosocial and civic behavior, higher work productivity, and enhanced life satisfaction. Given that literature in support of wellbeing is robust, it is incumbent on local communities to put this research into practice and develop culturally-competent programs that promote t...
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While developing excellence in knowledge and skills, academic institutions have often overlooked their obligation to instill wellbeing. To address this, we introduced a 14-week positive psychology intervention (PPI) program (Happiness 101) to university students from 39 different nations studying in the United Arab Emirates (N = 159). Students were...
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While the benefits of greater organizational positivity are gaining popularity, the means to increase it are less well known. Too many organizations still take a traditional approach that focuses on reducing problems rather than increasing or leveraging human emotions and potential. With the recent attention to happiness at work in the United Arab...
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Social scientists working under the umbrella of positive psychology are putting their research to good use by helping to define wellbeing, propose theories and models, implement their findings, collect and provide data to support interventions, and propose policy ideas and frameworks at national and community levels. These players, including the po...
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Lambert, L., Abdulrehman, R., & Mirza, C. (2019). Coming full circle: Taking positive psychology to GCC universities. In L. Lambert, & N. Pasha-Zaidi (Eds.), Positive psychology in the Middle East/North Africa: Research, policy, and practise (pp. 93-110). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
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The global attention paid to wellbeing and happiness shows no signs of abating. From Bhutan, the first country to establish wellbeing indicators as a benchmark for social progress, to the announcement of a Minister of Happiness and Wellbeing in the United Arab Emirates in 2016, the move towards establishing policies, practices, and programs to supp...
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From education, health and business to public policy and infrastructure, an agenda for building the positives, and not merely reducing the negatives, has now been set across the MENA region. We are confident that researchers, policymakers and practitioners will get on board along with organizations, educational institutions, ministries, non-profits...
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Traditional health promotion efforts focus on reducing factors that contribute to ill-health, such as sedentary behavior or smoking. Yet, this focus on negative or deficit behaviors overlooks those who engage in positive health activities and their reasons for doing so, as well as the positive health assets they gain as a result. Focusing on the ab...
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In 2015, we launched the first issue of the Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology with the intent of developing an indigenous positive psychology across the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. We felt it was imperative to do so, not only to counter the indiscriminate use of Western positive psychological models and interventions in the reg...
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The sum of skills that lead to national prosperity has formed the bulk of a new system of inquiry called positive education, the best practises found in teaching along with the principles of positive psychology that focus on the development of student wellbeing versus the remediation of their problems. The positive philosophy differs from mainstrea...
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A focus on wellbeing and happiness in social discourse has necessarily raised questions about how to appropriately measure and manage wellbeing, and about the validity of reported subjective experiences. Historically, objective measures have monopolized the arena of wellbeing, as it was believed that a single measure, like GDP, income, education, o...
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There is growing interest in the physical and natural settings that support physical, social and psychological wellbeing and happiness. In fact, the World Happiness Report has become especially relevant in emerging markets, keen to balance economic growth with social development and environmental sustainability. Matched with population growth in ci...
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Psychology research normally focuses on investigating questions specific to psychological interest, like distress or wellbeing, along with the methodologies used to generate such findings. However, the availability of research in published form is subject to a variety of criteria. So, what gets published, and more precisely, by whom and why? As psy...
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This volume looks at positive psychology from a culturally-responsive, empirically-driven perspective to avoid a descent into pseudoscience. Through evidence-based, regionally relevant topics in the field of well-being, this volume shows how increasing levels of excellence in the GCC region enhance upon business, education, research, and social inn...
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An Introduction to Psychology for the Middle East (and Beyond) is more than the average psychology textbook. Written in simple English by local contributors in the field of psychology and academia, it not only covers broad concepts and major theories, but also provides students in the Middle East with culturally-relevant examples and indigenous res...
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The treatment of depression has primarily been tackled through pharmaceuticals and cognitive interventions designed to reduce negative emotional states. This traditional psychology approach has had some success in reducing depressive symptoms but does not offer clients any understanding of how to explicitly achieve a state of wellbeing. In contrast...
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Well-being theory, also known as the PERMA model (Seligman in Flourish: a visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being, Free Press, New York, 2011), proposes five pathways by which individuals can pursue happiness. The first pathway, the pleasant life, concerns the maximization of positive emotions. The second pathway, the engaged life,...
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Positive psychology focuses on the creation of positive emotions and positive experiences in the lives of individuals, groups, and societies. It examines the positive aspects of people’s lives and its research aims are to study the reasons for individuals and groups to excel. The founders, Martin Seligman and Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi (2000), argue...
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The scientific study of well-being has been strongly influenced by ideas from a number of related fields, including different areas of psychology. Two major philosophical traditions—hedonia and eudaimonia—underscore much of our current understanding of well-being, and are reflected across early and contemporary psychological theories of well-being....
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The scientific study of well-being has been strongly influenced by ideas from a number of related fields, including different areas of psychology. Two major philosophical traditions— hedonia and eudaimonia— underscore much of our current understanding of well-being, and are reflected across early and contemporary psychological theories of well-bein...
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An indigenous positive psychology that addresses the human development needs of Emirati and expatriate residents in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is proposed. A positive psychology approach leverages inherent, yet often neglected, social, cultural, and religious strengths to mobilize growth. Yet, psychology practitioners and researchers frequently...
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How happiness is defined depends on who is asked. The prevailing views of happiness currently found in the literature tend to be Western and individualistic and shape what is viewed as normative. In this descriptive exploratory study, based in the United Arab Emirates, Emirati and other Arab expatriate students were asked to define happiness and de...
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In this paper we engage in a conversation speaking from three different perspectives and discuss the ways literature and our personal life experiences can inform policy and practice in relation to the concepts of well-being, education, and culture. We gathered around a metaphorical kitchen table, bringing to it our life experiences, as well as the...
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Research in positive psychology has recently shown that not only do conceptualizations of happiness vary by culture, but the ways in which individuals attain happiness also reflect how cultures are organized. Paralleling the dimensions of individualism and collectivism, recent research in positive psychology interventions (PPIs), activities underta...
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Aim: The aim of the study was to determine whether positive psychological interventions (PPIs) in a primary health care setting would improve physical and mental health over time. Background: Most treatments for depression focus on reducing symptoms rather than on creating positive states of mental health. Empirical studies to verify the efficac...
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Positive psychology is focused on the prevention of mental health disorders, promotion of mental health, and treatment of distress via positive psychology interventions (PPIs). Effective in generating positive affect and experiences, PPIs alleviate depression and boost happiness in clinical and nonclinical populations. Geared toward counselling pra...
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Although all modalities of therapy work equally well, some models are better suited to work with specifi c populations. This article outlines a rationale for a counselling model used for female college students in the United Arab Emirates where the concept of counselling is not well known, and where the social and cultural organizations demand a mo...
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Editor—The national policy for HIV/AIDS of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) lacks implementation strategies (www.moh.gov.ae/moh_site/prev_med/anbk/s19.htm). There is a political reluctance to identify high risk groups and debate AIDS.1 Instead, authorities rely on mandatory HIV testing. HIV positive nationals are barred from government employment, ed...

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https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030139209#aboutBook Editors: Lambert, Louise, Pasha-Zaidi, Nausheen (Eds.) Due: May 30, 2019 ISBN 978-3-030-13920-9