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Cognitive Balance: States-of-Mind Model and Mental Health among French Students

Abstract : In the current study we examined the role of negative and positive thinking in the depression and anxiety level in 114 students aged between 17 and 26 years. Were used the ATQ-N, ATQ-P, BDI and BAI questionnaires. Positive thinking and States Of Mind (SOM) were negatively correlated with both depression and anxiety indicators. On the contrary, negative thinking were positively correlated with depression and anxiety. Multiple linear regression results showed that negative thinking (p<.01) had a significant effect on incremental unique variance in anxiety. It was also found that SOM (p<.01) and positive thinking (p≤.05) did effect for a sizable significant incremental unique variance in depression, while SOM and positive thinking (p>.05) did not effect significant incremental unique variance for anxiety. In conclusion, negative thinking and SOM ratios were the strongest predictors of mental health among students; whereas positive thinking were not the strongest predictor of mental health among students.
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Muaweah Alsaleh, Romain Lebreuilly, Joëlle Lebreuilly, Manuel Tostain. Cognitive Balance: States-of-Mind Model and Mental Health among French Students. Best Practices in Mental Health, Lyceum Books, 2015, 11 (1), pp.42-53. ⟨hal-01668311⟩

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