Using the PERMA Model in the United Arab Emirates

dc.contributor.author D'raven, L. Lambert
dc.contributor.author Pasha-Zaidi, N.
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dc.date.copyright © 2015
dc.date.issued 2016-02-01
dc.description This article is not available at CUD collection. The version of scholarly record of this article is published in Social Indicators Research (2016), available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-015-0866-0 en_US
dc.description.abstract Well-being theory, also known as the PERMA model (Seligman in Flourish: a visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being, Free Press, New York, 2011), proposes five pathways by which individuals can pursue happiness. The first pathway, the pleasant life, concerns the maximization of positive emotions. The second pathway, the engaged life, combines flow with engagement, while the third, the meaningful life, concerns purpose in life and meaning. The last two pathways involve positive relationships and achievements. While research in positive psychology focuses on happiness, there is a dearth of information within the literature about the ways in which the PERMA model is experienced by other cultures, and how it can highlight areas of development. This present study aimed to determine whether descriptions of happiness provided by a sample of Emirati university students would align with the PERMA model pathways. The results showed that the way in which happiness was described overlapped with the PERMA pathways in culturally consistent ways. The PERMA model was effective in highlighting opportunities and challenges for intervention in the United Arab Emirates. Finally, the study suggests that as researchers aim to increase well-being and as nations strive to improve the satisfaction of their citizens, cultural structures may be impacted. © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. en_US
dc.identifier.citation Lambert D’raven, L., & Pasha-Zaidi, N. (2016). Using the PERMA model in the United Arab Emirates. Social Indicators Research, 125(3), 905–933. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-015-0866-0 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 03038300
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-015-0866-0
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12519/247
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Springer Netherlands en_US
dc.relation Authors Affiliations : Lambert D’raven, L., Canadian University of Dubai, Box 117781, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Pasha-Zaidi, N., Petroleum Institute, Box 2533, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
dc.relation.ispartofseries Social Indicators Research;Vol. 125, no. 3
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dc.subject Arab en_US
dc.subject Development en_US
dc.subject Engagement en_US
dc.subject PERMA en_US
dc.subject Positive psychology en_US
dc.subject Well-being en_US
dc.subject culture en_US
dc.subject United Arab Emirates en_US
dc.title Using the PERMA Model in the United Arab Emirates en_US
dc.type Article en_US
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