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J Health Psychol. 2011 May;16(4):607-20. doi: 10.1177/1359105310384296. Epub 2011 Feb 23.

Putting the positive in health psychology: a content analysis of three journals.

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Towson University, Towson, MD 21252, USA.


This content analysis investigated the inclusion of positive psychological constructs in research published in three leading health psychology journals. A list of positive constructs relevant to health psychology was compiled and their inclusion in these journals was examined. It was found that although there has been a sharp increase in recent years, only 3 percent of all articles published (114 of 3789) included the study of overtly positive constructs. The constructs that have been most and least studied in health psychology were identified and are discussed. This analysis provides insight into the foundations of positive health psychology and identifies future directions.

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