Exploring the relationship between perceived personal well-being and clinical characteristics among youth who have accessed intensive mental health treatment

Patterson, Andrea
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University of Guelph

High personal well-being has been found to be associated with many enduring benefits (Diener and Chan, 2011). However, researchers who have explored mental health disorders have often focused on pathology, and personal well-being has been overlooked. This study is part of a larger longitudinal, observational study on the psychosocial outcomes of children and youth who have accessed residential or intensive home-based treatment in five agencies in Ontario, Canada (Preyde et al., 2011). The purpose of this study was to explore the level of perceived personal well-being among a subsample of youth who accessed residential treatment (n=33) and intensive home based treatment (n=30). Youth completed a cross-sectional survey measuring personal well-being at 12-18 months post-discharge. Many youth reported high personal well-being. Demographic and clinical characteristics did not predict participants’ personal well-being scores, suggesting that no clear relationship exists between personal well-being and symptom severity and psychosocial functioning.

well-being, mental health, youth, residential treatment, mental health treatment, mental health disorder