Positive Psychological Assessment is a primer for practitioners and researchers striving to incorporate assessment of human strengths, resources, and fulfillment into their work. Contributors examine the scientific underpinnings and practical applications of measures of hope, optimism, self-efficacy, problem-solving, locus of control, creativity, wisdom, courage, positive emotion, self-esteem, love, emotional intelligence, empathy, attachment, forgiveness, humor, gratitude, faith, morality, coping, well-being, and quality of life.

Vocational and multicultural applications of positive psychological assessment are also discussed, as is the measurement of contextual variables that may facilitate the development or enhancement of human strength. The variety of perspectives offered will be immensely helpful to readers who wish to incorporate balance into their assessments and research through the integration of theoretically grounded positive measures.

Table of Contents


—Donald Clifton


I. Searching for the Positive

  1. Striking a Vital Balance: Developing a Complementary Focus on Human Weakness and Strength Through Positive Psychological Assessment
    —Shane J. Lopez, C. R. Snyder, and Heather N. Rasmussen
  2. Measuring and Labeling the Positive and the Negative
    —C. R. Snyder, Shane J. Lopez, Lisa M. Edwards, Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti, Ellie C. Prosser, Stephanie LaRue Walton, Susan Vehige Spalitto, and Jon C. Ulven
  3. Positive Psychological Assessment in an Increasingly Diverse World
    —Lisa Y. Flores and Ezemenari M. Obasi

II. Cognitive Models and Measures

  1. Learned Optimism: The Measurement of Explanatory Style
    —Karen Reivich and Jane Gillham
  2. Optimism
    —Charles C. Carver and Michael Scheier
  3. Hope: Many Definitions, Many Measures
    —Shane J. Lopez, C. R. Snyder, and Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti
  4. Measuring Career Self-Efficacy: Promoting Confidence and Happiness at Work
    —Karen M. O'Brien
  5. Problem-Solving Appraisal
    —P. Paul Heppner and Yu-Wei Wang
  6. Locus of Control: Back to Basics
    —Geneviève Fournier and Chantale Jeanrie
  7. Measuring Creativity in Research and Practice
    —Barbara Kerr and Camea Gagliardi
  8. The Assessment of Wisdom-Related Performance
    —U. M. Staudinger and B. Leipold
  9. Profiling Courage
    —Shane J. Lopez, Kristin Koetting O'Byrne, and Stephanie Petersen

III. Emotional Models and Measures

  1. Measuring Positive Emotions
    —Richard E. Lucas, Ed Diener, and Randy J. Larsen
  2. Assessing Self-Esteem
    —Todd F. Heatherton and Carrie L. Wyland
  3. Romantic Love: Measuring Cupid's Arrow
    —Clyde Hendrick and Susan S. Hendrick
  4. Measuring Emotional Intelligence as a Set of Abilities With the Mayer–Salovey–Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test
    —Peter Salovey, John D. Mayer, David Caruso, and Paulo N. Lopes

IV. Interpersonal Models and Measures

  1. Empathy and Its Measurement
    —Qing Zhou, Carlos Valiente, and Nancy Eisenberg
  2. The Assessment of Adult Attachment Security
    —Frederick G. Lopez
  3. Measuring Forgiveness
    —Laura Yamhure Thompson and C. R. Snyder
  4. Sense of Humor
    —Rod Martin
  5. The Assessment of Gratitude
    —Robert A. Emmons, Michael E. McCullough, and Jo-Ann Tsang

V. Religious and Philosophical Models and Measures

  1. Measuring Religious Constructs: A Hierarchical Approach to Construct Organization and Scale Selection
    —Jo-Ann Tsang and Michael E. McCullough
  2. Moral Judgment Maturity: From Clinical to Standard Measures
    —John C. Gibbs, Karen S. Basinger, and Rebecca L. Grime

VI. Models and Measures of Positive Processes, Outcomes, and Environments

  1. Vocational Psychology Assessment: Positive Human Characteristics Leading to Positive Work Outcomes
    —Christine Robitschek
  2. Positive Coping: Mastering Demands and Searching for Meaning
    —Ralf Schwarzer and Nina Knoll
  3. The Measurement and Utility of Adult Subjective Well-Being
    —Corey L. M. Keyes and Jeana L. Magyar-Moe
  4. Quality of Life
    —M. J. Power
  5. Environmental Assessment: Examining Influences on Optimal Human Functioning
    —Heather N. Rasmussen, Jason E. Neufeld, Jennifer C. Bouwkamp, Lisa M. Edwards, Alicia Ito, Jeana L. Magyar-Moe, Jamie A. Ryder, and Shane J. Lopez

VII. Looking Ahead

  1. The Future of Positive Psychological Assessment: Making a Difference
    —Shane J. Lopez and C. R. Snyder

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Reviews & Awards

Highly recommended.
—CHOICE Magazine