Special Issue "Enhancing Child Well-Being: Positive Psychology Approaches to Psychometrics"

A special issue of Children (ISSN 2227-9067). This special issue belongs to the section "Child and Adolescent Psychiatry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2024 | Viewed by 1270

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Gökmen Arslan
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Guest Editor
1. Centre for Wellbeing Science, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia
2. Counseling Psychology, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, Burdur, Turkey
Interests: pediatric; mental health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The aim of this Special Issue, entitled "Enhancing Child Well-being: Positive Psychology Approaches to Psychometrics", is to explore the intersection between positive psychology and psychometrics in the context of assessing and promoting the well-being of children. This Special Issue seeks to bring together innovative research, theoretical perspectives, and practical applications that advance our understanding of how positive psychology principles can inform the development and utilization of psychometric instruments for assessing various dimensions of child well-being.

We invite researchers, practitioners, and scholars in the fields of child psychology, positive psychology, and psychometrics to share their insights, empirical studies, and theoretical frameworks in these areas. The scope of this Special Issue encompasses a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Development and validation of psychometric measures focusing on positive aspects of child well-being, such as strengths, positive emotions, resilience, optimism, gratitude, and life satisfaction.
  • Application of positive psychology approaches in assessing and promoting social and emotional skills, character strengths, and positive relationships in children.
  • Evaluation of interventions or programs that utilize positive psychology-informed psychometrics to enhance child well-being and flourishment.
  • Examination of the role of positive psychometrics in identifying risk and protective factors associated with child mental health and positive development.
  • Integration of positive psychology frameworks and psychometric principles in assessing and understanding cultural and contextual factors influencing child well-being.

Through this Special Issue, we aim to foster interdisciplinary discussions, highlight best practices, and provide a platform for the dissemination of cutting-edge research in the field. Ultimately, our collective efforts can contribute to the development of effective assessment tools and interventions that promote the holistic well-being of children and empower them to thrive in diverse environments.

We invite contributors to send original research articles, systematic evaluations, analyses, and case-based work. We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Gökmen Arslan
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Children is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • psychometrics
  • positive psychology
  • positive youth development
  • psychological assessment
  • adolescent mental health

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Loneliness, Social Support, Social Trust, and Subjective Wellness in Low-Income Children: A Longitudinal Approach
Children 2023, 10(9), 1433; https://doi.org/10.3390/children10091433 - 23 Aug 2023
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The progress and development of society in every sense is possible by raising healthy individuals. To do so, it is necessary to ensure the physical and mental development of children in a healthy way. There are many variables that affect the physical and [...] Read more.
The progress and development of society in every sense is possible by raising healthy individuals. To do so, it is necessary to ensure the physical and mental development of children in a healthy way. There are many variables that affect the physical and mental development of children. These variables are affected by individual factors, social structure, social interactions and cultural values. In addition, when these factors interact with each other, their effect on behavior and well-being may increase. Undoubtedly, one of the primary factors negatively affecting a child’s physical and psychological development is the adverse economic conditions and hardships experienced by his/her family and consequently, by the child. Increasing poverty hinders children’s access to resources, and thus negatively affects their mental health as well as their physical development. Furthermore, positive economic conditions pave the way for an improved environment, better nutrition, higher-quality education, elevated social status, more friends, reduced feelings of loneliness, and increased social support and trust and all of these positively contribute to psychological well-being. Therefore, based on the conviction that early interventions can be protective and screening is needed to determine the proper intervention, this study aims to investigate the relationship between psychological well-being, loneliness, social support and social trust, all of which affect the psychological health of children living in economically disadvantaged families. To this end, answers to the following questions were sought. Is there a significant relationship between the loneliness, social support, social trust and psychological well-being of the children from low-income families? Do the feelings of loneliness, social support and social trust of the children from low-income families significantly predict their psychological well-being? Full article
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