Well-being of Youth

Project leader

Prof. Tumi Khumalo


We seek to understand (eudaimonic) well-being processes of young people. The surveys that we have conducted have paid attention to the dynamic relationships among hope, meaning and basic psychological need fulfilment, and contextual elements such as social well-being, family functioning and sense of community. In addition to measurement, we have also identified the need to explore and understand group-specific understanding and lived experiences of positive traits and states such as hope. To ignore life developmental stage and cultural diversity in the study of psychosocial well-being is to impose contextual uniformity and universality. We recognise this potential danger and scientific flaw in Positive Psychology. In our project to understand and promote psychosocial well-being among African youth, we take cognizance of socio-cultural embeddedness and developmental stage as the anchoring contextual factors. The ultimate goal of this project is to contribute Positive Psychology informed and empirically supported knowledge to help promote and maintain contextually relevant psychosocial well-being, motivation and quality of life for (South) African youth.