Identification with social groups is associated with mental health in adolescents: evidence from a Scottish community sample

MILLER, K., WAKEFIELD, J.R.H. and SANI, F., 2015. Identification with social groups is associated with mental health in adolescents: evidence from a Scottish community sample. Psychiatry Research. ISSN 0165-1781

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Abstract

The promotion and maintenance of mental health is an increasingly important societal issue. Previous research has shown that identification with social groups is positively associated with adult mental wellbeing, with multiple group identifications being particularly beneficial. The aim of the current study was to investigate whether the same is true for adolescents. 1111 Scottish secondary school students aged 13-17 completed a questionnaire investigating mental health symptoms and the extent of their identification with their family, school, and friendship groups. Higher identification with each group predicted better mental health. There was also an additive effect of group identification, with the odds of reporting psychiatric disturbance decreasing for every additional group with which participants identified strongly. These effects held even when age, gender, and group contact were controlled for. Our findings have implications for the prevention and treatment of mental problems, offering an alternative to traditional ways of viewing mental illness in adolescence and beyond.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Psychiatry Research
Creators: Miller, K., Wakefield, J.R.H. and Sani, F.
Publisher: Elsevier
Place of Publication: Shannon, County Clare, Ireland
Date: 2015
ISSN: 0165-1781
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.psychres.2015.05.088DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:16
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6148

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