Writer-Author-Blogger, Instructor (Psychology, University of British Columbia), and Existential Coach/Consultant
Contributing to the social and psychological discourse on our human nature and current state. Specializing in (1) educational development and leadership, (2) psychological writing & editing, and (3) existential guidance for individuals, groups, and businesses.
Books, Publications, and Research
My latest textbook project is the first Canadian edition of Personality Psychology: Domains of Knowledge about Human Nature (2017) by Randy Larsen, David Buss, David King, & Carolyn Ensley.
Here’s a short description: The field of personality psychology is now entering a golden age of sorts, and the changes made to this edition convey a discipline that is vibrant in a way it has never been before. After all, no other field is devoted to the study of all that it means to be human. Like the editions before it, major findings, both classical and contemporary, are presented in the context of six key domains (Dispositional, Biological, Intrapsychic, Cognitive/Experimental, Social and/Culture, and Adjustment), providing a foundation for the analysis and understanding of human personality. This 1st Canadian edition has been significantly updated to better reflect the Canadian context and to showcase research by Canadian experts in the field.
Check it out on Amazon here: Personality Psychology: Domains of Knowledge about Human Nature, 1st Canadian Edition (2017)
I have also co-authored the first Canadian edition of Health Psychology: Biopsychosocial Interactions (2015) by Edward Sarafino, Timothy Smith, David King, & Anita DeLongis. (The 2nd Canadian edition is currently in the works and will feature substantial updates, including a dedicated chapter on psychosocial factors in aging and dying.)
Here’s a short description: Health Psychology: Biopsychosocial Interactions, First Canadian Edition, helps students to understand the interplay of biological, psychological and social factors in people’s health. It has a modular structure, which allows instructors to choose to cover all of the systems at once or distribute them to other chapters. The psychological research cited in the text supports a variety of behavioural, physiological, cognitive, and social/personality viewpoints. The Canadian edition includes health care systems in a Canadian context as well as discussions of health issues affecting marginalized groups, stress, substance use, health services, fetal alcohol syndrome, Indigenous issues, and material on social inequalities in the health services section.
Check it out on Amazon here: Health Psychology: Biopsychosocial Interactions, 1st Canadian Edition (2015)
King, D. B., Cappeliez, P., Canham, S. L., & O’Rourke, N. (2019). Functions of reminiscence in later life: Predicting change in the physical and mental health of older adults over time. Aging & Mental Health, 23(2), 246-254. (Link)
King, D. B., O’Rourke, N., Canham, S. L., & Cobb, R. (2018). Reciprocal effects of life satisfaction and depressive symptoms within long-wed couples over time. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 73(3), 363-371. (Link)
Canham, S. L., Mahmood, A., Stalman, M. N., King, D. B., & O’Rourke, N. (2018). Personal theories of substance use among middle-aged and older adults with bipolar disorder. Aging & Mental Health, 22(6), 813-818. (Link)
O’Rourke, N., Heisel, M. J., Canham, S. L., Sixsmith, A., Yaghoubi-Shahir, H., King, D. B., & The BADAS Study Team (2018). Psychometric validation of the Geriatric Suicide Ideation Scale (GSIS) among older adults with bipolar disorder. Aging & Mental Health, 22(6), 794-801. (Link)
Stalman, M. N., Canham, S. L., Mahmood, A., King, D. B., & O’Rourke, N. (2018). Aspects of control and substance use among middle-aged and older adults with bipolar disorder. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 27(2), 833-840. (Link)
Canham, S. L., Peres, H., O’Rourke, N., King, D. B., Wertman, A., Carmel, S., & Bachner, Y. (2017). Why do Holocaust Survivors Remember What They Remember? The Gerontologist, 57(6), 1158-1165. (Link)
Carmel, S. L., King, D. B., O’Rourke, N., & Bachner, Y. (2017). Subjective well-being: gender differences in Holocaust survivors-specific and cross-national effects. Aging & Mental Health, 21(6), 668-675. (Link)
O’Rourke, N., King, D. B., & Cappeliez, P. (2017). Reminiscence functions over time: Consistency of self functions and variation of prosocial functions. Memory, 25(3), 403-411. (Link)
Pow, J., King, D. B., Stephenson, E., & DeLongis, A. (2017). Does social support buffer the effects of occupational stress on sleep quality among paramedics? A daily diary study. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 22(1), 71-85. (Link)
Hilpert, P., Randall, A. K., Sorokowski, P., Atkins, D. C., Sorokowska, A., Ahmadi, K., Algraibeh, A. M.,…King, D. B., et al. (2016). The associations of dyadic coping and relationship satisfaction vary between and within nations: A 35-nation study. Frontiers of Psychology, 7, 1106. (Link)
King, D. B., Kamble, S., & DeLongis, A. (2016). Coping with influenza A/H1N1 in India: Empathy is associated with increased vaccination and health precautions. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 54(6), 283-294. (Link)
King, D. B., Sixsmith, A., Yaghoubi-Shahir, H.., Sadeghi, M., Razmara, M., & O’Rourke, N. (2016). An ecological momentary sampling tool for movement patterns and psychiatric symptom variability: A pilot study. Gerontechnology, 14(2), 105-109. (Link)
Kukowski, C., King, D. B., & DeLongis, A. (2016). Protective effect of paramedics’ sense of personal accomplishment at work: Mitigating the impact of stress on sleep. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 13(2), 1-7. (Link)
O’Rourke, N., Sixsmith, A., King, D. B., Shahir, H. Y., Canham, S. L., & The BADAS Study Team. (2016). Development and validation of the BD Sx: A Brief measure of mood and symptom variability for use with young and older adults with bipolar disorder. International Journal of Bipolar Disorders, 4(8), 1-8. (Link)
King, D. B., Cappeliez, P., N., Carmel, S., Bachner, Y. G., & O’Rourke, N. (2015). Remembering genocide: The effects of early life trauma on reminiscence functions among Israeli Holocaust survivors. Traumatology, 21(3), 145-152. (Link)
King, D. B., & DeLongis, A. (2014). When couples disconnect: Rumination and withdrawal as maladaptive responses to everyday stress. Journal of Family Psychology, 28(4), 460-469. (Link)
King, D. B., O’Rourke, N., & DeLongis, A. (2014). Social media recruitment and online data collection: A beginner’s guide and best practices for accessing low-prevalence and hard-to-reach populations. Canadian Psychology [Special Issue on Technologies in Psychology], 55(4), 240-249. (Link)
King, D. B., & DeLongis, A. (2013). Dyadic coping with stepfamily conflict: Demand and withdraw responses between husbands and wives. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30(3), 198-206. (Link)
King, D. B., Mara, C, & DeCicco, T. L. (2012). Connecting the spiritual and emotional intelligences: Confirming an intelligence criterion and assessing the role of empathy. The International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 31, 11-20. (Link)
King, D. B., & DeCicco, T. L. (2009). A viable model and self-report measure of spiritual intelligence. The International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 28, 68-85. (Link)
King, D. B., & DeCicco, T. L. (2009). Dream relevance and the continuity hypothesis: Believe it or not? Dreaming, 19(4), 207-217. (Link)
King, D. B., DeCicco, T. L., & Humphreys, T. P. (2009). Investigating sexual dream imagery in relation to daytime sexual behaviours and fantasies among Canadian university students. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 18(3), 135-146. (Link)
King, D. B., & DeCicco, T. L. (2007). The relationships between dream content and physical health, mood, and self-construal. Dreaming, 17(3), 127-139. (Link)
Academic Theses and Projects
PhD Dissertation (2013). Daily Dynamics of Stress in Canadian Paramedics and their Spouses. (University of British Columbia)
Click here for a summary report of the Paramedic SCOPE Study.
Master’s Thesis (2008). Rethinking Claims of Spiritual Intelligence: A Definition, Model, and Measure. (Trent University)
Undergraduate Honours Thesis (2006). The Relationships among Dream Content, Dream Attitudes, and Waking Life Characteristics. (Trent University)
Work on Spiritual Intelligence
Spiritual Intelligence (SI) is a concept which is growing in both personal interest and theoretical support around the world. Although many definitions have been proposed, I define spiritual intelligence as a set of mental capacities which contribute to the awareness, integration, and adaptive application of the nonmaterial and transcendent aspects of one’s existence, leading to such outcomes as deep existential reflection, enhancement of meaning, recognition of a transcendent self, and mastery of spiritual states.
The Spiritual Intelligence Self-Report Inventory (SISRI-24; King, 2008; King & DeCicco, 2009). A self-report measure of spiritual intelligence has recently been developed and validated (with additional validation studies on-going). This tool provides a useful starting point for the measurement of spiritual intelligence. The long-term goal is the investigation and potential development of performance task measures of spiritual intelligence, as these would most directly assess the target construct.
Download the SISRI-24 here. For a detailed discussion of spiritual intelligence measurement, read David’s thesis on spiritual intelligence here or see the following publications: King & DeCicco (2009); King, Mara, & DeCicco (2012).
PERMISSIONS & USE: The SISRI-24 is free for unlimited use by students, researchers, and practitioners, so long as the scale is referenced properly (below) and not altered in any way, shape, or form without the author’s permission. Click here to download a signed letter of permitted use should you require one.
APA reference for SISRI-24: King, D. B., & DeCicco, T. L. (2009). A viable model and self-report measure of spiritual intelligence. The International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 28, 68-85.