Proceedings of the 8th International Conference On Humanities, Psychology and Social Science
MENTAL HEALTH IN EARLY ADULTHOOD: PREDICTIVE ROLE OF GROWTH AND SELF-PROTECTION VALUES
Early adulthood is a developmental stage during which several mental health issues are noted. The same time in the context of multiple life options offered by the modern world and no clear evaluation criteria, early adults value hierarchy is especially valuable area of research. In the light of research on association between values and subjective well-being, the relationship between values and mental health still needs to be established. The aim of the study was to transfer Schwartz value theory to health psychology area and verify whether Growth values and Self-Protection values correlate with and predict mental health in depression, anxiety and resilience in polish population of early adults. Participants completed Portrait Value Questionnaire PVQ-40, General Health Questionnaire GHQ-12 and Brief Resilience Scale BRS. The univariate and multivariate linear regression were employed in order to verify hypothesis. Results indicate that the Growth values and the Self-Protection values predict mental health in early adulthood. Conformity increases depression and decreases resilience, Self-Direction decreases depression and increases resilience, Tradition increases depression, while Achievement and Stimulation increase resilience. In the light of given results, Self-Direction and Conformity presents the greatest relation to mental health in both positive and negative aspects. Discussion, study limitations, and suggestions for further research were stated.
Key Words: values, mental health, depression, anxiety, resilience.