≪Organizer Abstract≫
Historically, clinical psychology has focused most of its efforts on identifying and remediating risk factors that presumably contribute to negative outcomes among youth. Much less attention has been paid to protective factors, which promote psychological resiliency among youth and may also lead to enhanced mental health. In this symposia, we will present data from a large and ongoing cross-national study focusing on the impact of positive dispositions and attitudes including optimism, gratitude, and zest and external factors including support from friends, family, and schools on the overall well-being of adolescents and young adults. Participants include samples of students from the US, Japan, Thailand, Korea, and Australia. Our team of presenters will highlight key findings from a cross-cultural perspective and the implications of a strength-based perspective on promoting optimal functioning in all youth.
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