Interventions to improve well-being are progressing
along two fronts: interventions at an individual level and
interventions at a population level. Interventions need
to be evidence-based, and we are currently developing criteria
for what constitutes appropriate evidence. This includes
We do not assume that “one size fits all”, and
therefore, for maximum effectiveness, treatments will probably
need to be tailored to individuals or groups of individuals.
- Characteristics of the intervention
- content, mode of delivery, duration, standardisation
- Characteristics of the
evidence for effectiveness - e.g. whether the trial was double-blind
and placebo controlled
- Characteristics of the individual
including individual differences in temperament, affect,
age, gender, education etc.
Specific examples of well-being interventions which are currently being employed are described under Action Research: Well-being Programmes.
To view a chapter by Felicia Huppert entitled “A Population
Approach to Positive Psychology: The Potential for Population
Interventions to Promote Well-being and Prevent Disorder”