Applicability of the dual-factor model of mental health for college students

Katie Eklund, Erin Dowdy, Camille Jones, Michael Furlong

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This study explores the utility of a dual-factor model of mental health in which the concepts of mental illness and mental wellness are integrated. Life satisfaction, emotional symptoms, personal adjustment, and clinical symptoms were assessed with a sample of 240 college students. Participants were organized into four groups based on levels of life satisfaction and clinical symptoms. Results appear to be consistent with previous research suggesting that psychopathology and subjective well-being are not opposite ends of an illness-health continuum, but may be better conceptualized as separate and complementary constructs related to the full range of human functioning. Implications for prevention and intervention are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-92
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of College Student Psychotherapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Behavior assessment scale for children-second edition (BASC-2)
  • Dual-factor model
  • Life satisfaction
  • Positive psychology
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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