Positive mental health and well-being among a third level student population.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/301828
Title:
Positive mental health and well-being among a third level student population.
Authors:
Davoren, Martin P; Fitzgerald, Eimear; Shiely, Frances; Perry, Ivan J
Affiliation:
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.
Citation:
Positive Mental Health and Well-Being among a Third Level Student Population. 2013, 8 (8):e74921 PLoS ONE
Journal:
PloS One
Issue Date:
2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/301828
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0074921
PubMed ID:
24009778
Additional Links:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3757007/pdf/pone.0074921.pdf
Abstract:
Much research on the health and well-being of third level students is focused on poor mental health leading to a dearth of information on positive mental health and well-being. Recently, the Warwick Edinburgh Mental Well-being scale (WEMWBS) was developed as a measurement of positive mental health and well-being. The aim of this research is to investigate the distribution and determinants of positive mental health and well-being in a large, broadly representative sample of third level students using WEMWBS.; Undergraduate students from one large third level institution were sampled using probability proportional to size sampling. Questionnaires were distributed to students attending lectures in the randomly selected degrees. A total of 2,332 self-completed questionnaires were obtained, yielding a response rate of 51% based on students registered to relevant modules and 84% based on attendance. One-way ANOVAs and multivariate logistic regression were utilised to investigate factors associated with positive mental health and well-being.; The sample was predominantly female (62.66%), in first year (46.9%) and living in their parents' house (42.4%) or in a rented house or flat (40.8%). In multivariate analysis adjusted for age and stratified by gender, no significant differences in WEMWBS score were observed by area of study, alcohol, smoking or drug use. WEMWBS scores were higher among male students with low levels of physical activity (p=0.04). Men and women reporting one or more sexual partners (p<0.001) were also more likely to report above average mental health and well-being.; This is the first study to examine positive mental health and well-being scores in a third level student sample using WEMWBS. The findings suggest that students with a relatively adverse health and lifestyle profile have higher than average mental health and well-being. To confirm these results, this work needs to be replicated across other third level institutions.
Item Type:
Report
Language:
en
Description:
Much research on the health and well-being of third level students is focused on poor mental health leading to a dearth of information on positive mental health and well-being. Recently, the Warwick Edinburgh Mental Well-being scale (WEMWBS) was developed as a measurement of positive mental health and well-being. The aim of this research is to investigate the distribution and determinants of positive mental health and well-being in a large, broadly representative sample of third level students using WEMWBS.
Keywords:
MENTAL HEALTH; STUDENT
ISSN:
1932-6203

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorDavoren, Martin Pen_GB
dc.contributor.authorFitzgerald, Eimearen_GB
dc.contributor.authorShiely, Francesen_GB
dc.contributor.authorPerry, Ivan Jen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-18T16:28:40Z-
dc.date.available2013-09-18T16:28:40Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.citationPositive Mental Health and Well-Being among a Third Level Student Population. 2013, 8 (8):e74921 PLoS ONEen_GB
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203-
dc.identifier.pmid24009778-
dc.identifier.doi10.1371/journal.pone.0074921-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/301828-
dc.descriptionMuch research on the health and well-being of third level students is focused on poor mental health leading to a dearth of information on positive mental health and well-being. Recently, the Warwick Edinburgh Mental Well-being scale (WEMWBS) was developed as a measurement of positive mental health and well-being. The aim of this research is to investigate the distribution and determinants of positive mental health and well-being in a large, broadly representative sample of third level students using WEMWBS.en_GB
dc.description.abstractMuch research on the health and well-being of third level students is focused on poor mental health leading to a dearth of information on positive mental health and well-being. Recently, the Warwick Edinburgh Mental Well-being scale (WEMWBS) was developed as a measurement of positive mental health and well-being. The aim of this research is to investigate the distribution and determinants of positive mental health and well-being in a large, broadly representative sample of third level students using WEMWBS.-
dc.description.abstractUndergraduate students from one large third level institution were sampled using probability proportional to size sampling. Questionnaires were distributed to students attending lectures in the randomly selected degrees. A total of 2,332 self-completed questionnaires were obtained, yielding a response rate of 51% based on students registered to relevant modules and 84% based on attendance. One-way ANOVAs and multivariate logistic regression were utilised to investigate factors associated with positive mental health and well-being.-
dc.description.abstractThe sample was predominantly female (62.66%), in first year (46.9%) and living in their parents' house (42.4%) or in a rented house or flat (40.8%). In multivariate analysis adjusted for age and stratified by gender, no significant differences in WEMWBS score were observed by area of study, alcohol, smoking or drug use. WEMWBS scores were higher among male students with low levels of physical activity (p=0.04). Men and women reporting one or more sexual partners (p<0.001) were also more likely to report above average mental health and well-being.-
dc.description.abstractThis is the first study to examine positive mental health and well-being scores in a third level student sample using WEMWBS. The findings suggest that students with a relatively adverse health and lifestyle profile have higher than average mental health and well-being. To confirm these results, this work needs to be replicated across other third level institutions.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3757007/pdf/pone.0074921.pdfen_GB
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to PloS oneen_GB
dc.subjectMENTAL HEALTHen_GB
dc.subjectSTUDENTen_GB
dc.titlePositive mental health and well-being among a third level student population.en_GB
dc.typeReporten
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.en_GB
dc.identifier.journalPloS Oneen_GB

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