Happy Families? Translating Positive Psychology into Family Law

41 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2009

Date Written: June, 22 2009


Despite the well-documented finding in the field of positive psychology that close interpersonal relationships are significantly correlated with subjective well-being and thriving communities, scholars have yet to bring together positive psychology and family law. And what is family law if not the law of close interpersonal relationships? Positive psychology and related work have the potential to inform the what, the why, and the how of family law, but realizing the potential of positive psychology as a guide for family law involves challenges. In particular, it requires translating the descriptive science of psychology into the prescriptive policies of family law. This Essay addresses this translation question by exploring the indeterminacies inherent in positive psychology and identifying productive ways forward.

Keywords: public law, legal theory, family law, psychology

JEL Classification: I30, I31, K10

Suggested Citation

Huntington, Clare, Happy Families? Translating Positive Psychology into Family Law (June, 22 2009). Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law, 2009, U of Colorado Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-11, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1423962

Clare Huntington (Contact Author)

Fordham University School of Law ( email )

150 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
United States
212-636-6832 (Phone)

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