Fiatalok mentális egészsége az objektív és szubjektív társadalmi mutatók tükrében

Translated title of the contribution: Mental health of youth in light of objective and subjective social status

Kriston Pálma, Pikó Bettina, Kovács Eszter

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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 contributionMental health of youth in light of objective and subjective social status
Original languageHungarian
Pages (from-to)85-98
Number of pages14
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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