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      Evaluating the psychometric properties of the Mental Health Continuum-Short Form (MHC-SF).

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          There is a growing consensus that mental health is not merely the absence of mental illness, but it also includes the presence of positive feelings (emotional well-being) and positive functioning in individual life (psychological well-being) and community life (social well-being). We examined the structure, reliability, convergent validity, and discriminant validity of the Mental Health Continuum-Short Form (MHC-SF), a new self-report questionnaire for positive mental health assessment. We expected that the MHC-SF is reliable and valid, and that mental health and mental illness are 2 related but distinct continua. This article draws on data of the LISS panel of CentERdata, a representative panel for Longitudinal Internet Studies for the Social Sciences (N = 1,662). Results revealed high internal and moderate test-retest reliability. Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) confirmed the 3-factor structure in emotional, psychological, and social well-being. These subscales correlated well with corresponding aspects of well-being and functioning, showing convergent validity. CFA supported the hypothesis of 2 separate yet related factors for mental health and mental illness, showing discriminant validity. Although related to mental illness, positive mental health is a distinct indicator of mental well-being that is reliably assessed with the MHC-SF.

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          Journal
          J Clin Psychol
          Journal of clinical psychology
          Wiley
          1097-4679
          0021-9762
          Jan 2011
          : 67
          : 1
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Psychology and Communication of Health and Risk, Faculty of Behavioural Sciences (Citadel), University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. s.m.a.lamers@utwente.nl
          Article
          10.1002/jclp.20741
          20973032
          a7ad1370-455e-44e2-98ef-d0f2e77a05ea
          © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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