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Psychometric evaluation of the mental health continuum - short form in Swedish adolescents
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Public Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3452-7260
Number of Authors: 22023 (English)In: Current Psychology, ISSN 1046-1310, E-ISSN 1936-4733, Vol. 42, no 3, p. 2136-2144Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Mental Health Continuum - Short form (MHC-SF) is a self-report measure that has been increasingly used to monitor mental well-being at the population level. The aim of this study was to evaluate, for the first time, the psychometric properties of the MHC-SF in a population of Swedish adolescents. First, the evaluation was performed by examining face validity and test-retest reliability obtained in a pre-study. Then using data from the Survey of Adolescent Life in Vestmanland 2020 (n = 3880) we performed confirmatory factor analysis on different factor structures based on theory and previous research. Model-based estimates were calculated for assessing the internal reliability of the factor structure with the best fit. Convergent validity was assessed by bivariate as well as model-based correlations, and test-retest reliability was evaluated by intra-class correlation coefficients. The results show that the MHC-SF is best described with a bifactor model consisting of a dominant general well-being factor and three specific group factors of emotional, social and psychological well-being. Its overall reliability was high to very high, while the reliability of its subscales was low. A practical implication of the latter is that the subcales should not be used on their own because they are more likely to reliably measure the general well-being factor than the specific group factors. Test-retest reliability of the total scale was acceptable, and convergent validity was supported. In conclusion, we consider the Swedish MHC-SF to be a psychometrically sound instrument for monitoring overall mental well-being in Swedish adolescents.

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2023. Vol. 42, no 3, p. 2136-2144
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Positive mental health, Positive epidemiology, Well-being, Adolescence
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-193006DOI: 10.1007/s12144-021-01626-6ISI: 000629868700002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85102988781OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-193006DiVA, id: diva2:1553243
Available from: 2021-05-07 Created: 2021-05-07 Last updated: 2023-03-27Bibliographically approved

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