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Type: Book chapter
Title: Complete mental health in South Australian youth: prevalence, measurement, and promotion
Author: Venning, A.
Eliott, J.
Kettler, L.
Wilson, A.
Citation: Mental Well-Being: International Contributions to the Study of Positive Mental Health, 2013 / Keyes, C. (ed./s), pp.29-50
Publisher: Springer
Publisher Place: Netherlands
Issue Date: 2013
ISBN: 940075194X
Editor: Keyes, C.
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Anthony Venning, Jaklin Eliott, Lisa Kettler, and Anne Wilson
Abstract: From a positive psychological perspective, a focus on developing an individual's strengths rather than exclusively focusing on the symptoms of mental illness is a better way to promote a sustainable mental health. With this in mind, the Complete State Model of Mental Health (Keyes CLM, Lopez SJ, Towards a science of mental health. In: Snyder CR, Lopez JL (eds) Handbook of positive psychology. Oxford University Press, New York, pp 45-59, 2002) was adopted to examine both mental health and mental illness within Australian adolescents (13-17 years; N = 3,913). Normative scores for the Adult Hope Scale (Snyder et al, J Pers Soc Psychol, 60:570-585, 1991) were established, and results suggest that the prevalence of mental health has been overestimated, and that the presence of hopeful thinking is a better predictor of mental health than the absence of mental illness. This research helps to redirect the focus of mental health policy and practice in Australia by highlighting the importance of a positive focus in developing strategies to promote a sustainable mental health and reduce the burden of mental illness, both in adolescence and beyond.
Rights: © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-5195-8_2
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