Fundamental Research:
Intervention Development

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 consideration of:
  • 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.
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.

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” click here.

  © Huppert for the Well-being Institute 2006-2008