Background: Detecting social inequalities in health in different stages of the lifecycle is one of the salient medical sociological researches. Objective: The main goal of the present study was to investigate adolescents' mental health (variables: optimism, depression, satisfaction with life, external/internal locus of control, self-perceived health) along objective (parental schooling) and subjective (SES self-assessment) indicators. Methods: The Youth Study was carried out in Szeged in autumn 2010 using a self-administered questionnaire. Altogether 656 high school students were sampled (aged between 14-21 years, mean of age = 16.5 years; S.D.: 1.5 years, 49.1% females). As a method of analyses, logistic regression analyses were applied in which objective and subjective SES indicators were set as independent and individual psychological variables as dependent variables. Results: The students indicating upper class belonging showed more positive perception of their own health, greater satifaction with life, higher levels of optimism and less depressive symptomatology, and more external/internal locus of control. Conclusion: These fi ndings confi rmed the association between objective and subjective SES indicators and youth mental well-being that may support the development of health promotion and prevention programs.
|Translated title of the contribution||Mental health of youth in light of objective and subjective social status|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2014|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science