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Marco Weber

Department of Psychology
University of South Carolina

Office: Barnwell College Room 351F

Dr. Marco Weber received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in psychology at the University of Bielefeld (Germany), and his Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). His main research interest is about positive psychology in young people (e.g., the role of young people’s character strengths in different life areas, e.g., at school, in their family, in relationships etc.). Furthermore, he is interested in individual differences, assessment, and test development. Dr. Weber has published scientific journal articles and contributed talks on these topics at national and international conferences. Dr. Weber worked as a teaching and research associate at the University of Bielefeld (Germany; Department of Psychology; 2005-2006), and at the University of Zurich (Switzerland; Department of Psychology; 2006-2012). Following this he substituted a professorship in Educational and Health Psychology at the University of Education in Schwaebisch Gmuend (Germany; 2012-2013). Dr. Weber is currently a Research Associate as he has been awarded a post-doctoral fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to stay as a research scholar at the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina (April 2013–September 2014) to study the associations between adolescents’ character strengths and satisfaction in different life domains across nations.


Ruch, W., Weber, M., Park, N., & Peterson, C. (in press). Character strengths in children and adolescents: Reliability and initial validity of the German Values in Action Inventory of Strengths for Youth (German VIA-Youth). European Journal of Psychological Assessment. doi:10.1027/1015-5759/a000169

Harzer, C., & Weber, M. (2013). Character strengths matter: A cross-national perspective on schooling. Communiqué (National Association of School Psychology), 42(3), 10-11.

Weber, M., Ruch, W., & Huebner, E. S. (2013). Adaptation and initial validation of the German version of the Students' Life Satisfaction Scale (German SLSS). European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 29, 105-112. doi:10.1027/1015-5759/a000133

Weber, M., Ruch, W., Littman­Ovadia, H., Lavy, S., & Gai, O. (2013). Relationships among higher-order strengths-factors, subjective well-being, and general self-efficacy - The case of Israeli adolescents. Personality and Individual Differences, 55, 322-327. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2013.03.006

Proyer, R. T., Sidler, N., Weber, M., & Ruch, W. (2012). A multi-method approach to studying the relationship between character strengths and vocational interests in adolescents. International Journal of Educational and Vocational Guidance, 12, 141-157. doi:10.1007/s10775-012-9223-x

Weber, M., & Ruch, W. (2012). The role of a good character in 12-year-old school children: Do character strengths matter in the classroom? Child Indicators Research, 5, 317-334. doi:10.1007/s12187-011-9128-0

Weber, M., & Ruch, W. (2012). The role of character strengths in adolescent romantic relationships: An initial study on partner selection and mates’ life satisfaction. Journal of Adolescence, 35, 1537-1546. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2012.06.002

Ruch, W., Proyer, R. T., & Weber, M. (2010). Humor as character strength among the elderly: Theoretical considerations. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 43, 8-12. doi:10.1007/s00391-009-0080-2

Ruch, W., Proyer, R. T., & Weber, M. (2010). Humor as character strength among the elderly: Empirical findings on age-related changes and its contribution to satisfaction with life. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 43, 13-18. doi:10.1007/s00391-009-0090-0

Weber, M., & Ruch, W. (2009). Das gute Leben bei Kindern und Jugendlichen [The good life of children and adolescents]. Psychologie und Erziehung, 35, 21-39.

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