Positive psychology perspectives on social values and their application to intentionally delivered sustainability interventions

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Raymond , I J & Raymond , C M 2019 , ' Positive psychology perspectives on social values and their application to intentionally delivered sustainability interventions ' , Sustainability Science , vol. 14 , no. 5 , pp. 1381-1393 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-019-00705-9

Title: Positive psychology perspectives on social values and their application to intentionally delivered sustainability interventions
Author: Raymond, Ivan J.; Raymond, Christopher M.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies (Urbaria)
Date: 2019-09
Language: eng
Number of pages: 13
Belongs to series: Sustainability Science
ISSN: 1862-4065
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/316132
Abstract: Despite the increasing interest in the intersections among values, well-being and environmental outcomes in sustainability science, few studies have considered these relationships by drawing on well-established theories and methods from positive psychology. The aim of this paper is to review three approaches conceptually related to positive psychology (self-determination theory, SDT; character strengths and virtues, CSV; acceptancy and commitment therapy, ACT) and compare these to sustainability approaches to well-being and values. First, we critically compare how values are understood, constructed and operationalised within the positive psychology and environmental values literatures. We offer a summary table to detail key concepts (and articles) which sustainability scientists may draw upon in their work against the dimensions of (1) elicitation process, (2) value provider (3) value concept and (4) value indicators. Second, we critically compare how the positive psychology and environmental values literature have considered the intersections between values and well-being. We identify the positive psychology pathways of 'value activation' and 'healthy-values' as alternative methods for sustainability scientists to consider. Third, we offer future options for the integration of positive psychology and environmental values literatures to deliver interventions which may lead to well-being and sustainability outcomes. We suggest that mindfulness could be applied as a method to clarify and activate values within a nature exposure context, which harnesses the qualities of both disciplines. To demonstrate integrative possibilities, a case example is offered which brings focus to well-being and sustainability outcomes, the intersection of value pathways, and intervention components drawn from both disciplines.
Subject: Well-being
Positive psychology
Ecosystem services
Ecosystem management
Conservation strategies
SELF-DETERMINATION THEORY
AMERICAN-DREAM
NATURES CONTRIBUTIONS
MATERIALISTIC VALUES
COMMITMENT THERAPY
ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
VALUE PRIORITIES
MINDFULNESS
CHARACTER
STRENGTHS
1172 Environmental sciences
511 Economics
5141 Sociology
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