Positive psychology of Malaysian students: impacts of engagement, motivation, self-compassion and wellbeing on mental health
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AbstractMalaysia plays a key role in education of the Asia Pacific, expanding its scholarly output rapidly. However, mental health of Malaysian students is challenging, and their help-seeking is low because of stigma. This study explored the relationships between mental health and positive psychological constructs (academic engagement, motivation, self-compassion, and wellbeing), and evaluated the relative contribution of each positive psychological construct to mental health in Malaysian students. An opportunity sample of 153 students completed the measures regarding these constructs. Correlation, regression, and mediation analyses were conducted. Engagement, amotivation, self-compassion, and wellbeing were associated with, and predicted large variance in mental health. Self-compassion was the strongest independent predictor of mental health among all the positive psychological constructs. Findings can imply the strong links between mental health and positive psychology, especially selfcompassion. Moreover, intervention studies to examine the effects of self-compassion training on mental health of Malaysian students appear to be warranted.
CitationKotera, Y., and Ting, S.H. (2019). 'Positive psychology of Malaysian students: impacts of engagement, motivation, self-compassion and wellbeing on mental health'. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, pp. 1-13. DOI: 10.1007/s11469-019-00169-z
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health and Addiction