Positive Psychology Research in Israel: Current Reality and Future Vision

Anat Shoshani, Mario Mikulincer

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The Middle East has been exposed to armed conflict, war, invasion, and terrorism for many years, and therefore has been considered to be a natural research field for studying the impact of political violence on well-being and mental health. For most of the last two decades, since the positive psychology movement began, the study of positive psychology in the Middle East lagged behind that of war-related psychopathology in both volume and complexity. However, multiple political and cultural transitions in the region in recent years have led to a growing interest in research and practice on positive psychology. Much of the research has been conducted in Israel, especially in the educational realm. The present chapter reviews pioneering studies of positive psychology in the Middle East, describes the positive-education revolution in the educational system of Israel, and discusses the school as the optimal setting for strengthening the mental health and wellbeing of children in war-torn areas.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe International Handbook of Positive Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationA Global Perspective on the Science of Positive Human Existence
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783030573546
ISBN (Print)9783030573539
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes

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© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022, corrected publication 2022.


  • Children
  • Conflict
  • Intervention
  • Mental-health
  • Middle-east
  • Positive psychology
  • School
  • War
  • Well-being


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