Mental Health and Adjustment of University Hostel Students

Author: Faiza Safdar

Supervisor: Faiza Rasool & Rukhsana Kausar, Ph.D

Degree: BS

Year: 2010-2014

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research aimed to investigate the relationship between mental
health (anxiety, depression, general positive effect, loss of behavioral and
emotional control, life satisfaction, emotional tie) and adjustment (health,
home, emotional, educational, social) in university hostel students (N =
100; men = 50 & women = 50) who lived in different hostels of University
of the Punjab between age of 18-25 years. Assessment measures included
the Mental Health Inventory (Viet & Ware, 1983) and Adjustment
inventory for College Students (Sinha & Singh, 1995) and a demographic
questionnaire. Pearson product correlation, simple linear regression and
independent sample t-test was used to analyze the sample. Findings of the
study depict that anxiety and loss of behavioral and emotional control had
negative significant relationship with home, emotional, educational and
health adjustment. General positive affect had also significant positive
relationship with emotional and educational health. Loss of behavioral and
emotional control negatively predicts home, educational and health
adjustment. Anxiety and general positive affect negatively predict
emotional adjustment. It was also found that men had better general
positive affect and life satisfaction as compared to the women.

Keywords: Adjustment, Mental health, Hostel Students.

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