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Positive Psychology and Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 February 2012

Jonathan J. Evans*
Affiliation:
Institute for Health and Wellbeing, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom. jonathan.evans@glasgow.ac.uk
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*Address for correspondence: Professor Jonathan J. Evans, University of Glasgow, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, Academic Unit of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Gartnavel Royal Hospital, 1055 Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 0XH, UK.

Abstract

Positive psychology (PP) is the scientific study of positive emotion and wellbeing. In recent years, there has been a shift in the focus of PP from understanding the factors that contribute to wellbeing to developing and evaluating interventions to improve wellbeing. This article addresses the question of whether the principles and practice of PP are relevant to brain injury rehabilitation. It is concluded that PP is indeed relevant to brain injury rehabilitation; that much of our current (best) practice is consistent with the principles of PP, but there remain areas where brain injury rehabilitation practice could draw further on the specific methods of PP.

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