Predictors of Mental Health in Young Adults

Author: Madiha Gohar

Supervisor: Zainab Javed & Rafia Rafique, PhD

Degree: M.Sc

Year: 2014-2016

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


The objective of the present research was to find out the relationship between social support, coping strategies and mental health of young adults living in orphanages. The sample (N =150) comprised of orphans (n = 72) and intact (n = 78) adults. Cross-sectional study design and purposive sampling method was used. Brief cope Inventory (Carver, 2013), Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (Zimet, Dahlem & Farley, 1988) and Warwick Edinburg Mental Well-being Scale (Warwick & Edinburg, 2007) were used for the assessment. Descriptive statistics was calculated to assess means, standard deviations and frequencies of the variables. It was found that social support, coping strategies and mental health has significant relationship with age and gender. Age, social support and coping strategies predicted the mental health of orphans. Non-significant differences were found for gender and groups but for coping strategy religion has significant difference for groups. The inference of the research is that orphanages that are concern with the communal requirements of orphans must focus on their mental/emotional desires as well by intensification their counseling services and by raising the alertness of the public about the difficulties of orphans, so that they can face the challenges of every day appropriate

Keywords: Orphans, Young adults, Social Support, Coping Strategies, Orphanages.

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