Positive developmental psychology: A review of literature concerning well-being throughout the lifespan

Volume 4 - Issue 2
Tim Lomas Kate Hefferon Itai Ivtzan
Pages: 143-164 Download Count : 2695 View Count: 3052 Facebook Share on Google+ Save to Zotero Save to Mendeley


As positive psychology has matured as a discipline, sub-fields have emerged focusing on particular areas, including a number concentrating on specific life stages. These include positive parenting, positive education, positive youth development, and positive aging. However, until now, there has not been a systematic appreciation of these various developmental paradigms, nor an attempt to consider them as a whole. As such, the current paper introduces the overarching notion of positive developmental psychology, an umbrella term encompassing these intersecting developmental disciplines. The paper offers a narrative review of selected literature within these areas – highlighting key theoretical concepts, empirical studies and applied interventions – doing so through the prism of a multidimensional framework. Thus the paper provides a synthesis of the wealth of theory and research within positive developmental psychology, offering a much-needed overview of this burgeoning new field, and setting out a comprehensive research agenda for the years ahead.


  • Developmental psychology
  • positive parenting
  • positive education
  • positive youth development
  • positive aging
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