Theoretical Antecedents of a New Model of Mental Health: Predictors of Well-being and Psychopathology

Michael Duncan Lyons, University of South Carolina


This study examines the predictive power of personality, social support, and environmental variables in classifying children using a new model of mental health. The study was based on Greenspoon and Saklofske (2000), who proposed a Dual-Factor model of mental health that incorporates information about a subjective child's well-being, along with psychological symptoms, to more fully capture a child's current functioning. Results from multinomial logistic regression analyses showed that the proposed model was able to accurately classify children above and beyond chance. Furthermore, results from these analyses show that the predictive power of these variables varies across children with different levels of subjective well-being and psychopathology. Implications for practice and future directions are also discussed.