YOUTH AND MENTAL HEALTH: LIFE SATISFACTION, WELLBEING, AND SOCIETAL PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEXT OF A TRANSITIONING STATE

Viktor V. Vus, Elena V. Syurina, Tanya Brückner, Evangelos C. Fradelos, Ioanna V. Papathanasiou, Liudmyla M. Omelchenko, Tetyana M. Vakulich

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The aim: Youth are important societal actors. This is especially relevant when considering countries in transition such as Ukraine. This study examines well-being and societal participation - both key signifiers of mental health - of youth in Ukraine.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: Materials and methods: A descriptive, cross-sectional survey with open and closed questions was utilized (n= 1562). Participants were asked to reflect on social concerns and to evaluate their well-being in different life spheres and their own mental health through activities such as interpersonal communication, self-perception and relaxation.

RESULTS: Results: Students showed positive mental health through their daily activities, but mental health indicated by life satisfaction ranged according to activities, age, gender and environment. Willingness to volunteer and connection to life can be attributed to feelings of learned helplessness in the face of problems deemed too complex, and participation in volunteering was linked to positive mental health and feelings of empowerment.

CONCLUSION: Conclusions: The study contributes to understanding the status of Ukrainian youth's mental health and the ways in which mental health is expressed. The results of the research assist in identifying avenues to reduce the impact of social frustration, improve mental health of citizens of transitional countries, and encourage social stability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1687-1694
Number of pages8
JournalWiadomosci lekarskie (Warsaw, Poland : 1960)
Volume74
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

Keywords

  • lifesatisfaction
  • Mental Health
  • societal participation
  • well being
  • youth

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