The study of relationship between optimism (positive thinking) and mental health (Case study: students of Islamic Azad University of Bandar Abbas)

Najibeh Rahimi, Seyyed Abdul Majid Mousavi


The aim of this study is the evaluation of relationship between optimism (positive thinking) and mental health. In this research, 363 female students of Azad university of Bandar Abbas were studied. Data were collected by Ingram and Visnicky (2002), Mental Health Questionnaire (GHQ) and demographic characteristics questionnaire. Pearson test and multivariate regression were used to analyze the data. The findings indicate that there is a positive and significant relationship between the five dimensions of positive thinking (life satisfaction, health, self-confidence, efficiency, and positive mood) with health. Also, the most promising variables are: life satisfaction, health and self-esteem respectively.  Therefore Optimism increases the level of mental health due to the effect on the person's emotions.

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