Character Strength Research into Positive Psychology Study | VIA Institute

Why VIA Character Strengths?

Character strengths are a scientifically-validated pathway to help individuals improve their lives, work and relationships. The free VIA Survey, translated into over 40 languages, is the premier tool in the field of positive psychology that assesses an individual's character strengths. It has been used in hundreds of research studies, many of which have been presented at academic conferences and printed in peer-reviewed journals.

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A VIA Researcher Site Simplifies Your Strengths Study

A Researcher Site is a free tool we’ve created just for researchers. It allows you to send your research participants a unique link to the the VIA assessment of your choice. Then, you can collect and aggregate the data into a spreadsheet you can download at any time.

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Research Resources

VIA Assessments

In addition to the main VIA Surveys that we offer free to the general public on our website, VIA also makes a number of other assessments available to researchers.

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Research Findings

Explore research study conclusions, organized by topic. You’ll find study summaries in the areas of signature strengths, wellbeing, mindfulness, career, relationships and more.

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Assessment Psychometrics

See the psychometrics for our main surveys offered free on our website, as well as additional versions of our character strengths assessments.

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