Along her work, Casullo was concerned with the study of protective factors, salugenic constructs and the role played by the context in shaping human behavior. This is also the first regional study on psychological well-being which compares different Latin countries. Until her death in , Casullo had led several research projects on PP at the University of Buenos Aires, aiming to develop psychological assessment instruments.
At the same time, there was a concern about training psychologists in Positive Psychology issues. Thus, PP was introduced as a compulsory course in for students doing their Degree in Psychology at the University of Palermo Buenos Aires, Argentina , and since , seminars on PP are offered at a postgraduate level. These meetings have become a turning point for PP development, as they gather papers from most Spanish-speaking countries.
From , it has been almost exclusively receiving scientific papers dedicated to PP. Maria Cristina Richaud de Minzi, with an outstanding scientific career in the study, evaluation and promotion of psychological virtues and resources.
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In Venezuela, PP's dissemination is fairly recent and has been consolidating in the last 3 years. Maria Elena Garassini.
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The main PP's topics of interests in Venezuela have been well-being, character strengths, positive emotions, flow, resilience and positive organizations. Moreover, it should be highlighted Alarcon's effort to develop valid and reliable instruments to assess happiness with Peruvian populations. The beginnings of Positive Psychology in Brazil date from This organization was originally created to develop PP in Brazil and to study its constructs with local population.
Today, it has expanded its focus to clinical coaching and supervision; scientific research and dissemination; as well as business and educational training. This website aims to distribute PP's news and research studies in Spanish-language. Positive Psychological assessment in Latin America. Latin America presents a double challenge: On the one hand, developing assessment tests from a new theoretical framework; and on the other hand, solving the debate over constructing new instruments or adapting tests previously developed in different cultural contexts.
There are several reasons why tests are commonly adapted from one language or culture to another one. The following sections introduce Latin-American development in relation to construction and adaptation of tests used to study concepts of Positive Psychology.
Assessment instruments are presented according to PP's pillars as proposed by Martin Seligman : the study of positive emotions, positive traits, positive institutions and a fourth pillar, added in , positive relationships social life. Before introducing Latin-American development of instruments to assess PP constructs, it is important to analyze which topics are mostly studied in the region.
In order to explore PP's impact in Latin America, an analysis of articles published in two well-known journals was performed. Titles and abstracts of each publication were reviewed taking into account the following criteria:.
The analysis conducted showed that between and both journals published articles. A content analysis only identified 32 papers related to PP's topics written by Latin American authors. In relation to PP's topics, three quarters of these research articles were based on the study of personal relationships, well-being, values, quality of life, creativity and flow. Most modern and innovative PP's constructs, such as human strengths, positive organizations, positive emotions, gratitude and forgiveness, have been almost no represented.
On the other hand, a content analysis was conducted taking into account all papers presented at the six events of the Positive Psychology Ibero-American Meetings, between and As previously discussed, these meetings held at the University of Palermo, aimed to encourage the exchange of experiences among professionals who apply PP's approach in different fields of work.
Tables 1 and 2 describe participating countries and the most frequent PP's topics addressed by the papers presented at the mentioned meetings. As Table 1 shows, psychologists' main concerns in relation to PP are those aspects related to the application of positive interventions in combination with a traditional treatment approach. The study of well-being in different groups and communities has also become central issue for positive psychologists. The study of interpersonal relationships covers topics such as romantic and non romantic attachment, prosocial behaviors and social skills.
In relation to country's participation, as shown in Table 2 , Argentina ranks in first place.