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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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SCORSOLINI-COMIN, Fabio  and  SANTOS, Manoel Antônio dos. The scientific study of happiness and health promotion: an integrative literature review. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2010, vol.18, n.3, pp.472-479. ISSN 1518-8345.

The article aims to trace the profile of publications concerning the concept of subjective well-being (SWB), considered the scientific study of happiness, as well as discussing the impact of this accumulated understanding on health promotion. The revision was carried out in the databases PubMed, MedLine, PsycINFO, SciELO, LILACS and PEPSIC using the descriptor subjective well-being. Articles published in indexed periodicals between 1970 and 2008 were selected. From the inclusion/exclusion criteria 19 publications were selected in full for discussion. Of these, the majority were related to the health area and did not approach the concept of SWB directly, but touched on this together with the notions of well-being, satisfaction and quality of life. There were few publications that approached the term conceptually or that defined the instruments used for the assessment of SWB. Concluding, the results confirm the relevance of the theme for health promotion and the necessity of investigations related to the practices of health professionals .

Keywords : Happiness; Review Literature as Topic; Health Promotion.

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