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Character strengths in the United Kingdom: The VIA Inventory of Strengths

By P. Alex Linley, John Maltby, Alex M. Wood, Stephen Joseph, Susan Harrington, Christopher Peterson, Nansook Park and Martin E.P. Seligman


This paper was published as Personality and Individual Differences, 2007, 43 (2), pp. 341-351. It is available from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01918869. Doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2006.12.004Metadata only entryThe development of a classification of strengths, the Values in Action Inventory of Strengths, has done much to advance research into strengths of character. Using an Internet sample of 17,056 UK respondents, we present data on the character strengths of a large UK sample. Women typically scored higher on strengths than did men. However, four of the top five “signature strengths” of the UK men and women overall were the same (open-mindedness, fairness, curiosity, and love of learning). Strengths typically showed small but significant positive associations with age, with the strongest associations with age between curiosity and love of learning (strengths of wisdom and knowledge), fairness (a strength of justice), and forgiveness and self-regulation (strengths of temperance). The discussion addresses potential limitations and suggests pertinent directions for future research

Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2007
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.paid.2006.12.004
OAI identifier: oai:lra.le.ac.uk:2381/7734
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