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Type: Journal article
Title: Is hope or mental illness a stronger predictor of mental health?
Author: Venning, A.
Kettler, L.
Zajac, I.
Wilson, A.
Eliott, J.
Citation: International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 2011; 13(2):32-39
Publisher: Pier Professional Ltd
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 1462-3730
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Anthony Venning, Lisa Kettler, Ian Zajac, Anne Wilson and Jaklin Eliott
Abstract: Health promotion strategies often focus on the prevention or alleviation of mental illness in an attempt to indirectly promote mental health. But, while the absence of mental illness may be a consequence of mental health, it does not necessarily signal or lead to mental health (Keyes & Lopez, 2002), suggesting that a focus on mental illness may not be the optimal way to promote mental health. The current study adopted a positive psychological approach and tested whether hope was a stronger predictor of mental health in young people than was mental illness. Confirmatory factor analysis was used to test the proposed model, and data were drawn from a sample of young South Australians (N = 3913; 1317 years). The results indicated that hope was a significantly stronger predictor of mental health than was mental illness. These results have implications for the content of strategies to promote mental health in young people.
Keywords: Mental health
health promotion
Rights: © The Clifford Beers Foundation
DOI: 10.1080/14623730.2011.9715654
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