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Niemiec, R. M. (2019). Finding the golden mean: the overuse, underuse, and optimal use of character strengths. Counselling Psychology Quarterly. DOI: 10.1080/09515070.2019.1617674
Six Functions of Character Strengths for Thriving at Times of Adversity and Opportunity: a Theoretical Perspective
Niemiec, R. (2019). Six functions of character strengths for thriving at times of adversity and opportunity: A theoretical perspective. Applied Research in Quality of Life. DOI: doi:10.1007/s11482-018-9692-2
Character Strengths and Intellectual and Developmental Disability: A Strengths-Based Approach from Positive Psychology
Niemiec, R., Shogren, K., Wehmeyer, M. (2017). Character Strengths and Intellectual and Developmental Disability: A Strengths-Based Approach from Positive Psychology. Education and Training in Austim and Developmental Disabilities,52(1), 13-25.
Freidlin, P., Littman-Ovadia, H., Niemiec, R. (2016). Positive psychopathology: Social anxiety via character strengths underuse and overuse. Personality and Individual Differences,108(2017) 50-54.
McGrath, R., Walker, D. (2016). Factor structure of character strengths in youth: Consistency across ages and measures. _Journal of Moral Education. _doi:10.1080/03057240.2016.1213709.
Ivtzan, I., Niemiec, R. M., & Briscoe, C. (2016). A study investigating the effects of Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP) on wellbeing. International Journal of Wellbeing, 6(2), 1-13. doi:10.5502/ijw.v6i2.1_.
Discovering the professional within: How identifying our character strengths can help build our ideal career and success
Williams, Gemma (2016). Discovering the professional within: How identifying our character strengths can help build our ideal career and success. PsychTalk, 85, (pp 5-9). © 2016 The British Psychological Society, reproduced with permission.
Sansom, L., Bretherton, R., Niemiec, R.M. (2016). Doing the right thing: character, moral goodness and Star Wars_. PsycCRITIQUES, 61(25), Article 10.
Harzer, C., & Ruch, W. (2015). The relationships of character strengths with coping, work-related stress, and job satisfaction. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00165_._
Mayerson, N (2015, June 25). "Characterizing" the Workplace: Using Character Strengths to Create Sustained Success. Kognition & Paedagogik, 96 (pp 14-27).
Integrating Psychological and Cultural Perspectives on Virtue: The Hierarchical Structure of Character Strengths
McGrath, R. E. (2015). Integrating psychological and cultural perspectives on virtue: The hierarchical structure of character strengths. Journal of Positive Psychology, 10, 407-424.
McGrath, R. E. (2015). Measurement invariance in translations of the VIA inventory of strengths. European Journal of Psychological Assessment.
Niemiec, R. M., & Bretherton, R. (2015, June 29). The character-driven person: How Frozen’s
Anna, not Elsa, is an exemplar. PsycCRITIQUES, 60(26), Article 10.
Strengths-Based Positive Psychology Interventions: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Online Trial on Long-Term Effects for a Signature Strengths vs. a Lesser Strengths-Intervention
Proyer, R. T., Gander, F., Wellenzohn, S., & Ruch, W. (2015). Strengths-based positive psychology interventions: A randomized placebo-controlled online trial on long-term effects for a signature strengths vs. a lesser strengths intervention. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 456. DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00456.
Ruch, W., & Proyer, R. T. (2015). Mapping strengths into virtues: the relation of the 24 VIA-strengths to six ubiquitous virtues. Frontiers in Psychology. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00460.
Good Character at School: Positive Classroom Behavior Mediates the Link Between Character Strengths and School Achievement
Wagner, L., & Ruch, W. (2015). Good character at school: Positive classroom behavior mediates the link between character strengths and school achievement. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00610.
Littman-Ovadia, H., Lazar-Butbul, V., Benjamin, B. A. (2014). Strengths-based career counseling: Description and evaluation. Journal of Career Assessment.
Linkins, M., Niemiec, R. M., Gillham, J., & Mayerson, D. (2014). Through the lens of strength: A framework for educating the heart. Journal of Positive Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/17439760.2014.888581
McGrath, R. E. (2014). Character strengths in 75 nations: An update. Journal of Positive Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/17439760.2014.888580_._
McGrath, R. E. (2013). Scale- and item-level factor analysis of the VIA Inventory of Strengths. Assessment. DOI: 10.1177/1073191112450612
Rashid, T., Anjum, A., Quinlan, D., Niemiec, R. M., Mayerson, D., & Kazemi, F. (2013). Assessment of character strengths in children and adolescents. In C. Proctor & A. Linley (Eds.), Handbook of Positive Psychology for Children and Adolescents.
Niemiec, R. M. (2013). VIA character strengths: Research and practice (The first 10 years). In H. H. Knoop & A. Delle Fave (Eds.), Well-being and cultures: Perspectives on positive psychology (pp. 11-30). New York: Springer.
Niemiec, R. M. (2012). Mindful living: Character strengths interventions as pathways for the five mindfulness trainings. International Journal of Wellbeing, 2 (1), 22-33. doi:10.5502/ijw.v2i1.2
Niemiec, R. M., Rashid, T., & Spinella, M. (2012). Strong mindfulness: Integrating mindfulness and character strengths. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 34 (3), 240-253.
Jarden, A. (2012). Positive psychologists on positive psychology. Chapter on Ryan M. Niemiec. Wellington, New Zealand: Aaron Jarden.
Understanding Death Attitudes: The Integration of Movies, Positive Psychology, and Meaning Management
Niemiec, R. M., & Schulenberg, S. E. (2011). Understanding death attitudes: The integration of movies, positive psychology, and meaning management. Death Studies, 35, 387-407.
Niemiec, R. M. (2011). Positive psychology cinemeducation: A review of Happy. International Journal of Wellbeing, 1 (3), 326-332. doi:10.5502/ijw.v1i3.3
Niemiec, R. M. (2010, August 4). A wonderland journey through positive psychology interventions. [Review of the motion picture Alice in wonderland]. PsycCRITIQUES – Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 55 (31), Article 9.
Niemiec,R. M. (2010, Spring). Character strengths and positive psychology: On the horizon in family therapy. The Family Psychologist, 26 (1), 16-17.
McGrath, R. E., Rashid, T., Park, N., & Peterson, C. (2010). Is optimal functioning a distinct state? The Humanistic Psychologist, 38, 159-169.
Niemiec, R. M. (2010, May 12). The true meaning of character. [Review of the motion picture Invictus]. PsycCRITIQUES – Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 55 (19), Article 9.
Niemiec, R. M., & Clyman, J. (2009, November 18). Temperance: The quiet virtue finds a home. [Review of the motion picture Twilight]. PsycCRITIQUES – Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 54 (46). Article 9.
Rashid, T. (2009). Positive interventions in clinical practice. Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, 65 (5), 461-466.