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

Corey L M Keyes, Daniel Eisenberg, Geraldine S. Perry, Shanta R. Dube, Kurt Kroenke, Satvinder S. Dhingra

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)126-133
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of American College Health
Volume60
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Mental Disorders
Mental Health
Students
Risk-Taking
Anxiety Disorders
Internet
Suicide
Depression
Health
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • flourishing
  • happiness
  • Mental Health Continuum- Short Form (MHC-SF)
  • mental illness
  • Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)
  • positive mental health
  • subjective well-being

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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The relationship of level of positive mental health with current mental disorders in predicting suicidal behavior and academic impairment in college students. / Keyes, Corey L M; Eisenberg, Daniel; Perry, Geraldine S.; Dube, Shanta R.; Kroenke, Kurt; Dhingra, Satvinder S.

In: Journal of American College Health, Vol. 60, No. 2, 01.02.2012, p. 126-133.

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Keyes, Corey L M ; Eisenberg, Daniel ; Perry, Geraldine S. ; Dube, Shanta R. ; Kroenke, Kurt ; Dhingra, Satvinder S. / The relationship of level of positive mental health with current mental disorders in predicting suicidal behavior and academic impairment in college students. In: Journal of American College Health. 2012 ; Vol. 60, No. 2. pp. 126-133.
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