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Mental Health Continuum - Long Form (MHC-LF)

Title of the Portuguese Version

Mental Health Continuum - Long Form (MHC-LF)

Original Version

Keyes, C. L. M. (2007)

Portuguese Version

Figueira, C., Pinto, A. M., Lima, L., Matos, A. P. & Cherpe, S. (2014)

General Description

This work analyses the performance of the Mental Health Continuum – Long Form (MHC-LF) – for Adults (Keyes, 2007), in a Portuguese sample of university students. The MHC-LF is a self-assessment scale, composed of forty items, that measures subjective well-being. These items are organized according to three distinct scales: positive emotional well-being, psychological well-being and social well-being. 465 students participated in this study from the following courses of Lisbon University: Psychology, Educational Sciences, Biology and Geology. Through confirmatory factorial analyses we concluded that the three-dimensional model has a better fit. Two studies of divergent and convergent validity were also carried out, using burnout and engagement measures, which confirmed the validity of this measure in comparison to other measures of well-being. The results also confirmed the reliability of the tool under study, showing good internal consistency for the full scale and for the three scales (α > .80).

  • Figueira, C., Pinto, A. M., Lima, L., Matos, A. P., & Cherpe, S. (2014). Adaptação do Mental Health Continuum – LF – for adults em estudantes universitários portugueses. Revista Iberoamericana de Diagnostico y Evaluacion Psicologica, 2(3), 93-116. http://hdl.handle.net/10316/46999

  • Keyes, C. L. M. (2007). Promoting and protecting mental health as flourishing: A complementary strategy for improving national mental health. American Psychologist, 62(2), 98-108.


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