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CSM References

by Editor K.H.B.

This document contains the list of references that support the book, Character Strengths Matter, organized by the various character strengths in alphabetical order followed by the applications in the order they appear in the book. The first set of references are ones that appear in many chapters, so they are listed once rather than repeated. Click here to download a pdf version of the reference list.

The following table provides hyperlinks to help you get to the references for a particular character strength or application quickly.

Front Matter
Shared references Acting as if
Part I: Exploring Strengths
Appreciation Courage Creativity Curiosity Fairness
Forgiveness Gratitude Hope Humility Humor
Integrity Kindness Leadership Love Love of Learning
Open-mindedness Persistence Perspective Prudence Self-regulation
Social Intelligence Spirituality Teamwork Zest Compound strengths
Part II: Applications
Business Assessments Vacation Children Youth
What we know about character strengths


Shared References

Multiple chapters refer to the following resources, so they are not repeated in the lists below.

Peterson, C. & Seligman, M. E. P. (2004). Character strengths and virtues: A handbook and classification. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

On pages xiii and xiv of Character Strengths and Virtues, there is a list of the key contributors to the book, researchers with special expertise related to one or more character strengths. For each strength below, we list the key contributors mentioned in that