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Title / Titel The role of positive psychological traits in overcoming vulnerability: life course perspectives
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Summary / Zusammenfassung NCCR LIVES aims to better understand the phenomenon of vulnerability as well as the means to overcome it so as to contribute to the emergence of innovative social policy measures. Up till now, studies have been focused on short-term observation, either of particular aspects of living (work, family, health) or of particular phases in the life span (youth, old age). The fourteen research projects of NCCR LIVES are characterized by an innovative, interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach which involves studying and analysing the complete life course of an individual and understanding individual situations in their social and institutional context. The life trajectories of some 25,000 people will be studied under several aspects (health, family, work and institutions). NCCR LIVES will involve close cooperation among researchers in the disciplines of psychology, sociology, social psychology, socioeconomics, economics and demography who are attached to the universities of Lausanne, Geneva, Berne, Fribourg, Zurich, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Public Administration and the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland.

The project studies systematically the direct and moderating effects of the cultural context, individual characteristics like personality, and social support on vocational trajectories of individuals and their career development. In this project the role of character strength and virtues, but also basic orientations to happiness, gelotophilia and other personality factors are studied in a work context. A fairly representative sample of Swiss adults (from the German and French speaking parts) will be tested once a year over a period of seven years. The research group involves a post doc and doctorates.
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Publications / Publikationen Brouwers, S. A., & van de Vijver , F. J. R. (in press). Contextualizing intelligence in assessment: The next step. Human Resource Management Review.

Johnston, C. S., Luciano, E. C., Maggiori, C., Ruch, W., & Rossier, J. (2013). Validation of the German version of the Career Adapt-Abilities Scale and its relation to orientations to happiness and work stress. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 83, 295-304. doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2013.06.002

Martínez-Martí, M. L., & Ruch, W. (2014). Character strengths and well-being across the life span: data from a representative sample of German-speaking adults living in Switzerland. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1253. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01253

Proyer, R. T., Sidler, N., Weber, M., & Ruch, W. (2012). A multi-method approach to studying the relationship between character strengths and vocational interests in adolescents. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, 12, 141-157. doi:10.1007/s10775-012-9223-x

Ruch, W., Hofmann, J., Platt, T., & Proyer, R. T. (2014). The state-of-the art in gelotophobia research: A review and some theoretical extensions. Humor: International journal of humor research, 27, 23-45. doi:10.1515/humor-2013-0046

Ruch, W., Martínez-Martí, M. L., Heintz, S., & Brouwers, S. A. (2014). Short Form of the Orientations to Happiness Questionnaire for the German-speaking countries: Development and analysis of the psychometric properties. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 73, 225-234. doi: 10.1024/1421-0185/a000141

Ruch, W., Martínez-Martí, M. L., Proyer, R. T., & Harzer, C. (2014). The Character Strengths Rating Form (CSRF): Development and initial assessment of a 24-Item rating scale to assess character strengths. Personality and Individual Differences, 68, 53-58. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2014.03.042

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Keywords / Suchbegriffe character strengths, dispositions toward ridicule and being laughed at, positive psychology, orientations to happiness
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Prof. Dr. Willibald Ruch (Project Leader)
Dr. Jennifer Hofmann
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Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
SNF (Programm NFS/NCCR)
In collaboration with /
In Zusammenarbeit mit
Prof. Dr. Jérôme Rossier
Institute of Psychology
University of Lausanne
Anthropole 3127
CH-1015 Lausanne
Duration of Project / Projektdauer May 2011 to Jun 2018