Maria Philipina Wissing
Transdisciplinary Health Research
Maria Philipina Wissing is currently working as Professor in North-West University, South Africa.
Her current research focus is on the understanding, measurement and promotion of psychosocial well-being and strengths in diverse contexts from a bio-psycho-social health perspective. Her research programme in psychofortology / positive psychology includes several team research projects that focus on the exploration of the nature, prevalence, patterns, dynamics and enhancement of psychological well-being in various contexts as well as the validation of psychometric instruments for the SA context. This research programme consists of projects building unto each other, namely: A Trans-University research programme in Fortology: Clarification and advancement of psychosocial wellbeing in adults and children, and in various contexts (FORT1, 2002-2005); Understanding and promoting psychosocial health, resilience and strengths in an African context (FORT2, 2006-2007); and The prevalence of levels of psychosocial health: dynamics and relationships with biomarkers of (ill)health in South African social contexts (FORT3, 2008/2012 - current). FORT 4 is in development which will further explore the dynamics of psychosocial well-being, refine theoretical models, and evaluate the validity of measures as well as the impact of interventions to enhance psychosocial health. The main focus now is on meaning, goals, relational well-being, and cultures of positivity in various contexts. This project is linked to the the international 15-country Eudaimonic-Hedonic Happiness Investigation (EHHI) of which she is one of the core conceptualizing and overseeing members, and in which they explore facets and theories of well-being across cultures and countries in a mixed method approach (see for example Delle Fave et al, 2016).
Rugiera, J., Nienaber, A.W., & Wissing, M. P. (2015). Evaluating the effect of a psychological well-being programme for students at a Tanzanian University, African Journal for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, 18(2), (August online issue)
Delle Fave, A., Brdar, I., Wissing, M. P., Araujo, U., Castro Solano, A., Freire, T., Hernández-Pozo, M. d. R., Jose, P., Martos, T., Nafstad, H. E.,Nakamura, J., Singh, K., Soosai-Nathan, L.(2016). Lay definitions of happiness across nations: The primacy of inner harmony and relational connectedness, Frontiers in Psychology,7:30. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00030.
Schutte, L., Wissing, M. P., Ellis, S. M., Jose, P. E., & Vella -Brodrick, D. A. (2016). Rasch analysis of the Meaning in Life Questionnaire among adults from South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 14(12).DOI: 10.1186/s12955-016-0414-x