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Evaluation of a practice friendly version of the Mental Health Continuum : Short Form

Vollmer, M. (2023) Evaluation of a practice friendly version of the Mental Health Continuum : Short Form.

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Abstract:The Mental Health Continuum - Short Form (MHC-SF) is one of the most prominent measurement tools evaluating mental well-being. Despite its widespread application, participants report difficulties with estimating the frequency of their emotions. Therefore, the response format was changed by simplifying the answer options and shortening the reference period. The current research focuses on evaluating the psychometric properties of the revised questionnaire (MHC-SF-R) and comparing it to the MHC-SF. Overall, 1377 randomly selected participants contributed to this research. An evaluation of the factor structure through an exploratory factor analysis was conducted. Furthermore, the internal consistency was assessed through Cronbach’s alpha and the item-total correlations. Lastly, we investigated participants responses by conducting an analysis of Skewness and Kurtosis, an independent samples t-test and an evaluation of floor and ceiling effects. Results indicated that both versions of the questionnaire show similar internal consistency. The response distribution of the MHC-SF-R is improved as normality and a reduction in floor and ceiling effects was achieved. However, the MHC-SF-R appears to show no clear relationship between the factor structure and theoretical background. In addition, a variety of cross-loading factors are present, indicating possible issues with the construct validity of the revised questionnaire. Based on the internal consistency, the MHC-SF-R appears to be a reliable measure. Lastly, the new answer format shows improved representation of the items dimensionality. In conclusion, while the psychometric properties of the MHC-SF-R show promise, we want to caution against the use of the MHC-SF-R until its validity has been ensured.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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