ERIC Number: ED249176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Wellness: The Concept and the Movement--Relevance for Mental Health and Vice Versa.
Duncan, David F.
"High level wellness...is defined as an integrated method of functioning which is oriented toward maximizing the potential of which the individual is capable. It requires that the individual maintain a continuum of balance and purposeful direction within the environment where he is functioning." Expanding upon this quotation from Halbert L. Dunn, the author of this paper discusses the concept of mental wellness. The literature on the topic is briefly synthesized, and 10 characteristics of the mentally well individual are described: (1) being real; (2) being realistic; (3) being able to satisfy one's needs; (4) being free and responsible; (5) being open to experience; (6) being capable of intimate relationships; (7) being tolerant and accepting of others; (8) being capable of reacting in a wide variety of ways; (9) having "joie de vivre"; and (10) having a positive self concept. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Positive Attitudes
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (Los Angeles, CA).