Vakgroep Psychologie, Gezondheid & Technologie

Validation of the Mental Health Continuum – Short Form, revised


BA assignment

Internal or external? Internal

How many students possible? 4

Own data collection: YES 

Type of research: quantitative

EC: 15



Positive psychology as applied in the field of mental health care, sees mental health as more than the absence of illness. Mental health is seen as the presence of optimal individual and social functioning in combination with the presence of positive emotions. The subjective experience of positive mental health thus consists of three forms of well-being: psychological well-being, social well-being, and emotional well-being. The Mental Health Continuum – Short Form (MHC-SF) was designed to measure these three distinct aspects of well-being. The instrument has been validated in the Netherlands in a representative population sample. Now that it is increasingly being used in everyday clinical practice in mental health institutes, it turns out that some of the items are rather difficult to interpret for some clients. We have therefore made a revised version of the MHC-SF with items that are easier to understand and response scales that are easier to employ. An important question is however, whether this new instrument is also valid and comes to similar results about positive mental health as the original instrument. In this assignment, you will collect data with the old and revised form of the MHC-SF as well as a number of instruments that are expected to be related to positive mental health, like psychological complaints, mindfulness, self-compassion, sense of coherence, or ego integrity. For the design of the study and the data collection, you will work together in a group of 4 students, but each of you will write an individual thesis on a particular research question.


Who are we looking for?

Students with an interest in positive psychology, mental health, and quantitative research methods.


Supervisors:  Gerben Westerhof