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J Am Coll Health. 2012;60(2):126-33. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2011.608393.

The relationship of level of positive mental health with current mental disorders in predicting suicidal behavior and academic impairment in college students.

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  • 1Department of Sociology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 30322, USA. ckeyes@emory.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate whether level of positive mental health complements mental illness in predicting students at risk for suicidal behavior and impaired academic performance.

PARTICIPANTS:

A sample of 5,689 college students participated in the 2007 Healthy Minds Study and completed an Internet survey that included the Mental Health Continuum-Short Form and the Patient Health Questionnaire screening scales for depression and anxiety disorders, questions about suicide ideation, plans, and attempts, and academic impairment.

RESULTS:

Just under half (49.3%) of students were flourishing and did not screen positive for a mental disorder. Among students who did, and those who did not, screen for a mental disorder, suicidal behavior and impaired academic performance were lowest in those with flourishing, higher among those with moderate, and highest in those with languishing mental health.

CONCLUSIONS:

Positive mental health complements mental disorder screening in mental health surveillance and prediction of suicidal behavior and impairment of academic performance.

PMID:
22316409
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