ERIC Number: EJ1025641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
Exploring the Relative Contributions of the Strength and Distress Components of Dual-Factor Complete Mental Health Screening
Kim, Eui Kyung; Furlong, Michael J.; Dowdy, Erin; Felix, Erika D.
Canadian Journal of School Psychology, v29 n2 p127-140 Jun 2014
Early school-based mental health screeners were informed by a deficit paradigm that aimed to identify psychological distress symptoms. In comparison, following a whole-child perspective, a dual-factor approach has been proposed that assesses complete mental health using both positive dispositions and distress symptoms. Applying the dual-factor approach, the current study involved 118 students from 10th grade and examined how strongly subjective well-being (SWB) was associated with measures of positive psychological dispositions (Social Emotional Health Survey [SEHS]) and psychological distress (Behavioral and Emotional Screening System [BESS]). Results indicated that the strength-based SEHS explained 32% of the variance in the students' global SWB with the deficit-based BESS adding an additional 8% of explained variance. Implications for school-based mental health screening are discussed.
Descriptors: Mental Health, Screening Tests, Emotional Disturbances, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Grade 10, High School Students, Well Being, Measures (Individuals), Identification, Prevention, Statistical Analysis
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Education Level: Grade 10; High Schools; Secondary Education
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