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Gepubliceerd in: Quality of Life Research 11/2016

20-05-2016

The benefits of personal strengths in mental health of stressed students: A longitudinal investigation

Auteur: Wenjie Duan

Gepubliceerd in: Quality of Life Research | Uitgave 11/2016

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Abstract

Objective

This study used a two-wave longitudinal research design to explore the role of individual strengths, including interpersonal strength, intellectual strength, and temperance strength, in affecting the mental health of stressed college students.

Participants

A total of 404 stressed Chinese college students were screened to participate in this 12-month longitudinal study.

Methods

At the beginning of the study (Time 1), students who had not experienced stressful events within the last 12 months were invited to assess their strengths, psychological well-being, and psychological symptoms. After 12 months (Time 2), 404 students who reported stressful experiences completed the scales again and were retained for the final analyses.

Results

Academics-related stressors were the most endorsed life events among college students, whose states of mental health showed downward trends from Time 1 to Time 2. Three strengths had weak to modest correlations to mental health at both Time 1 and Time 2. Although the additional variances of mental health explained by the three strengths were very modest, the mediational roles of the strengths were identified. The perceived stress completely mediated the relationship between the strengths and the psychological symptoms and partly mediated the relationship between the strengths and psychological well-being.

Conclusions

Individual strengths may function as a defense against perceived stress and are protective factors of mental health. These strengths maintain mental health by enhancing the psychological well-being and reducing the psychological symptoms of individuals.
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Metagegevens
Titel
The benefits of personal strengths in mental health of stressed students: A longitudinal investigation
Auteur
Wenjie Duan
Publicatiedatum
20-05-2016
Uitgeverij
Springer International Publishing
Gepubliceerd in
Quality of Life Research / Uitgave 11/2016
Print ISSN: 0962-9343
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2649
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-016-1320-8

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