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The two continua model and its applicability in mood disorder patients

Hesse, Dustin Maximilian (2019) The two continua model and its applicability in mood disorder patients.

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Abstract:Objective: The two continua model of mental health has been studied widely in the general population. But there is little evidence in the clinical population and especially how the relation of pathology and well-being is constituted in different mental disorders. The goal of this study is to explore the applicability of the two continua model of mental health in the clinical population of mood disorder patients. There is also a demand for longitudinal evidence for the model, to see how the relation develops over a longer period of time, which this study meets. Additionally, this study explores the influence of gender on the relation between pathology and well-being in mood disorder patients. Methods: 419 mood disorder patients were monitored on pathology and well-being over a span of two years in three-month intervals with the OQ-45 and the MHC-SF respectively. The longitudinal data were observed on their change over time, relation to each other in the sense of the two continua model and the differences in gender. Results: Mixed models and regression analysis confirmed that well-being and pathology in mood disorder patients are indeed related, but distinct dimensions like the model proposes. Differences between men and women were not found for the change in well-being and pathology. Lastly, gender has an influence on the relation between pathology and well-being, as the model was a better fit for women than for men. Conclusion: This study expanded on the knowledge that the two continua model of mental health is a more favorable model than the one-dimensional approach to the clinical population of mood disorder patients. It also showed that there is still not done enough to increase well-being in mood disorder patients, while that can have promising effects to reduce pathology.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/80072
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