Positive psychology, social support predict subjective mental health – Healio

August 27, 2021

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In people with severe psychiatric disorders, psychosocial factors and positive psychology were important in predicting subjective well-being, according to a Spanish study published in Comprehensive Psychiatry.

“Research focusing on [subjective well-being (SWB)] in severe psychiatric conditions (SPC) has been neglected for a long time, partly because psychiatry and clinical psychology have had a clear bias towards negative emotional states and impaired functioning,” Rocío Caballero, a PhD student at Complutense University of Madrid, and colleagues wrote. “Nevertheless, recent studies have shown that it is possible to experience well-being despite suffering serious mental disorders and that SWB has a positive influence on health and can enhance functioning.”

Through therapists, researchers recruited 237 patients (men, 64.1%) with SPC aged 18
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