School Psychology Forum

Transitioning to Postsecondary Education With Positive Mental Health: A Preliminary Correlational Study

Laura M. Anderson and Albee Therese S. Ongsuco

Volume 4 Issue 3,

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ABSTRACT: This study examined intercorrelations among health-promoting beliefs and behaviors, perceived stress, and college adjustment among postsecondary students. Six hundred thirty-two college freshmen enrolled in introductory psychology courses at a public southeastern university completed an online survey. The Salutogenic Wellness Promotion Scale (SWPS), Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), and College Adjustment Test (CAT) served as measures for primary variables of interest. Results indicated, for males and females (a) a strong negative correlation between perceived stress and college adjustment, (b) a significant positive association among health-promoting beliefs and behaviors and college adjustment, and (c) a significant negative association among health-promoting beliefs and behaviors and perceived stress. Intrapersonal variables such as self-appraisal of coping and optimism were the most beneficial health-promoting factors. Implications for future research, prevention,