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ERIC Number: EJ817304
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0279-6015
The Dual-Factor Model of Mental Health in Youth
Doll, Beth
School Psychology Review, v37 n1 p69-73 2008
In their article, Suldo and Shaffer (2008) join other researchers in proposing that subjective well-being might be a reliable, valid, and practical index of the positive dimensions of "health" in mental health. They appropriately indicate that, to date, there are only a few empirical tests of the relations that exist between the presence of psychopathology and the absence of psychological wellness. In this article, the author agrees fully with Suldo and Shaffer (2008) when they assert that "simple absence of clinical levels of problems is not sufficient to guarantee the best adjustment in areas of life central to healthy child development." At the same time, it will not be sufficient to focus the profession's attention on categories of "vulnerable" or "symptomatic but content" children. Instead, it will be important to carefully validate promising measures of psychological wellness (such as measures of subjective well-being), arriving at a clearer understanding of the meaning of current measures. Distinctions must be drawn between these measures of psychological wellness and existing measures of psychopathology, and the operationalizations of psychopathology will need to distinguish among internalizing, externalizing, and comorbid conditions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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