ERIC Number: EJ1035709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Flourishing: Exploring Predictors of Mental Health within the College Environment
Fink, John E.
Journal of American College Health, v62 n6 p380-388 2014
Objective: To explore the predictive factors of student mental health within the college environment. Participants: Students enrolled at 7 unique universities during years 2008 (n = 1,161) and 2009 (n = 1,459). Methods: Participants completed survey measures of mental health, consequences of alcohol use, and engagement in the college environment. Results: In addition to replicating previous findings related to Keyes' Mental Health Continuum, multiple regression analysis revealed several predictors of college student mental health, including supportive college environments, students' sense of belonging, professional confidence, and civic engagement. However, multiple measures of engaged learning were not found to predict mental health. Conclusions: Results suggest that supportive college environments foster student flourishing. Implications for promoting mental health across campus are discussed. Future research should build on exploratory findings and test confirmatory models to better understand relationships between the college environment and student flourishing.
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, College Students, Mental Health, Student Surveys, Drinking, College Environment, Student Participation, Multiple Regression Analysis, Student School Relationship, Learner Engagement, National Surveys, Student Characteristics, Interaction, Grades (Scholastic), High Schools, Statistical Analysis, Racial Differences, Gender Differences, Social Influences, Self Esteem, Models
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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