PERCEIVED STRESS, SELF-EFFICACY AND ITS RELATIONS TO PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING STATUS IN IRANIAN MALE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

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Psychological stress has been found to be associated with a variety of ailments and health outcomes in adolescents. This study investigated the relationships between perceived stress, general self-efficacy and mental health status among Iranian male adolescents recruited from midtown high schools in Tehran who studied in 12th grade (N = 148). Pupils completed three questionnaires for assessing perceived stress (PSS-14; Cohen, Kamarck, & Mermelstein, 1983), general self-efficacy (GSE; Schwarzer & Jerusalem, 1995) and psychological well-being (GHQ-28; Goldberg & Hillier, 1979). Statistical analysis revealed that greater stress was associated with lower general self-efficacy and lower mental health status. A significant inverse relationship between self-efficacy and general health was found among these students. Results are discussed in relation to their implications for effective mental health education (e.g., stress management training) for adolescents.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2008.36.2.257

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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