The Community Psychology Section provides a forum to exchange ideas and promote research into community psychology.
Community Psychology Section Response to 'The Origins of Happiness'Show content
In The Origins of Happiness, the authors use statistical analyses to explore factors that influence ‘life-satisfaction’ across the lifespan (e.g. ‘income’, ‘education’, ‘work and employment’) and make a series of recommendations for policy-makers based on these analyses.
As community psychologists, we are in broad agreement with improving population level well-being through improved social and economic policies. However, we argue that The Origins of Happiness presents conceptual misunderstandings about ‘happiness’ and ‘misery’ and the ways in which these might be measured.
In this paper, we present some of our concerns regarding the validity of key concepts underpinning the data presented in the book. We also highlight some relevant areas of research that are missing from The Origins of Happiness and comment on the proposed policy implications of the research from a psychological perspective.
Guidance for psychologists on working with community organisationsShow content
The guidance can be used by practitioner psychologists working in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, health and social care, forensic, educational, and research.
It is not a set of rules to follow or a manual, but aims to provide ideas on how psychologists can work successfully with community organisations and partners.
This guidance document was conceived of and developed by the London Community Psychology Network.