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Strengths use as a secret of happiness: Another dimension of visually impaired individuals’ psychological state.

Strengths use as a secret of happiness: Another dimension of visually impaired individuals’ psychological state.
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Matsuguma S, Kawashima M, Negishi K, Sano F, Mimura M, Tsubota K,


Matsuguma S, Kawashima M, Negishi K, Sano F, Mimura M, Tsubota K, (click to view)

Matsuguma S, Kawashima M, Negishi K, Sano F, Mimura M, Tsubota K,

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PloS one 2018 02 0113(2) e0192323 doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0192323
Abstract

It is well recognized that visual impairments (VI) worsen individuals’ mental condition. However, little is known about the positive aspects including subjective happiness, positive emotions, and strengths. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the positive aspects of persons with VI including their subjective happiness, positive emotions, and strengths use. Positive aspects of persons with VI were measured using the Subjective Happiness Scale (SHS), the Scale of Positive and Negative Experience-Balance (SPANE-B), and the Strengths Use Scale (SUS). A cross-sectional analysis was utilized to examine personal information in a Tokyo sample (N = 44). We used a simple regression analysis and found significant relationships between the SHS or SPANE-B and SUS; on the contrary, VI-related variables were not correlated with them. A multiple regression analysis confirmed that SUS was a significant factor associated with both the SHS and SPANE-B. Strengths use might be a possible protective factor from the negative effects of VI.

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