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The bidirectional relationship between positive mental health and social rhythm in college students

  • Social rhythm refers to the general regularity of engaging in basic social activities during the week, and was found to be associated with individuals’ positive mental health. The present study investigated the relationship between social rhythm and emotional well-being in a cohort of 2,031 college students over 3 years with a cross-lagged longitudinal panel design. Results revealed that regularity of social rhythm positively predicted emotional well-being in the following year, and vice versa, when the level of both factors in the previous year was controlled. Our study provides evidence of a longitudinal positive reciprocal relationship between social rhythm and positive mental health in younger adult populations.

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Author:Dan CaiGND, Meixia ZhuGND, Muyu LinGND, Xiao Chi ZhangGND, Jürgen MargrafORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Frontiers in psychology
Subtitle (English):a three-year longitudinal study
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2018/07/12
Date of first Publication:2017/06/30
Publishing Institution:Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universitätsbibliothek
Tag:Open Access Fonds
college students; cross-lagged panel analysis; longitudinal study; positive mental health; social rhythm
First Page:1119-1
Last Page:1119-7
Article Processing Charge funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the Open Access Publication Fund of Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
Institutes/Facilities:Forschungs- und Behandlungszentrum für psychische Gesundheit
Dewey Decimal Classification:Philosophie und Psychologie / Psychologie
open_access (DINI-Set):open_access
faculties:Fakultät für Psychologie
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY 4.0 - Attribution 4.0 International