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        Positive Psychology: Health Disparities

        Leading experts in the field of positive psychology contributed to this video about the practices and components of an arm of psychology that begins from the perspective of an individual’s strengths, not their deficits.  Teachers can use all clips with students or as professional development in learning about the topic and students. Classroom activities are included for many of the clips. Martin Seligman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, George Vaillant.

        We know there are health disparities in ethnic groups.  Norman Anderson talks in this clip of Latino populations which, although generally in lower socioeconomic classifications in the United States, are higher in life satisfaction and life expectancy.  The key may be that there are signature strengths in communities or cultures that contribute to well-being.  [Compare the average life expectancy of Latino men in California at 82 years old to non-Hispanic Whites expectancy of around 77 years.] A nurse of Mexican heritage talks of her family and faith as contributing factors.

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