Mental Health: A Personality Analysis Exploring the Influence of Neuroticism

The International Journal of Indian Psychology, 2 (4), 110-119

10 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2015

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Deepa K Damodaran

Bharathiar University

Bipin Varghese

Bharathiar University; Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology; University of Hyderabad

Varghese Paul

Prajyoti Niketan College

Date Written: July 24, 2015

Abstract

Mental health is found to be reinforced by personality traits and among the Eysenck’s personality traits Neuroticism has a significant inverse influence on the behaviour. The current study examines the influence of neurotic personality dimension on the mental health among the youth in Kerala. The participants consisted of 211 undergraduate students between 18 to 24 years. The data were collected using the Mental Health Inventory and Eysenck’s Personality Questionnaire-R, and analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Results of MANOVA revealed that mental health of youth significantly differ based on neurotic dimension of their personality. The mean mental health index score was low among the high neurotics compared to the low neurotics. The results of Discriminant Analysis showed that among six dimensions of mental health, anxiety and, loss of emotional and behavioural control contribute more to discriminate the high and low Neuroticism groups. On an average, 73% of subjects originally grouped as belonging to high and low Neuroticism groups were correctly classified. The findings suggest the need for incorporating personality as a core variable in mental health promotion and illness prevention approaches to account for individual differences in thinking, feeling and behaviour.

Keywords: Mental health, Personality, Neuroticism, Youth, Behaviour

JEL Classification: I00, I10, I12, I18, I19, I20, I28, I30, I31, I39

Suggested Citation

K Damodaran, Deepa and Varghese, Bipin and Paul, Varghese, Mental Health: A Personality Analysis Exploring the Influence of Neuroticism (July 24, 2015). The International Journal of Indian Psychology, 2 (4), 110-119, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2635441 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2635441

Deepa K Damodaran (Contact Author)

Bharathiar University ( email )

State Highway 167
Coimbatore
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641046
India

Bipin Varghese

Bharathiar University ( email )

State Highway 167
Coimbatore
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641046
India

Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology ( email )

Dept.of Space, Govt.of India
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695 547
India

University of Hyderabad ( email )

Central University (PO)
Andhra Pradesh
Hyderabad, CA Andhra Pradesh 500 046
India

Varghese Paul

Prajyoti Niketan College ( email )

Pudukad, Thrissur, Thrissur
India

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