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Revista Costarricense de Psicología

On-line version ISSN 1659-2913Print version ISSN 0257-1439


TORIBIO PEREZ, Lorena; GONZALEZ-ARRATIA LOPEZ-FUENTES, Norma Ivonne; OUDHOF VAN BARNEVELD, Hans  and  GIL LACRUZ, Marta. Positive Mental Health in Mexican Adolescents: Differences by Sex. Rev. Costarric. Psic [online]. 2018, vol.37, n.2, pp.131-143. ISSN 1659-2913.

Empirical evidence of differences in positive mental health with respect to sex, are sparse, even controversial. The objective here is to analyze positive mental health between men and women. The sample is made up of 533 participants from Toluca, State of Mexico. All were upper-level students, males (44.4%) and females (55.6%), between 14 and 20 years old. The Positive Mental Health Questionaire (PMHQ) was applied (Lluch, 1999). The results showed that 38.3% of the sample is at a high level and 16.1% at a very high level of positive mental health. From the descriptive analysis the personal satisfaction dimension scored above the theoretical average. The hypothesis is partially confirmed, since significant differences were obtained in four of the six dimensions, in personal satisfaction, prosocial attitude and ability for interpersonal relationships, with higher scores for females and self-control. in the male group. We suggest that the analysis of positive mental health be continued

Keywords : Positive Mental Health; Adolescents; Differences; Sex.

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