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Beyond diagnosis. Mentalization and mental health from a transdiagnostic point of view in adolescents from non-clinical population

Ballespí, S; Vives, J; Debbané, M; Sharp, C; Barrantes-Vidal, N; (2018) Beyond diagnosis. Mentalization and mental health from a transdiagnostic point of view in adolescents from non-clinical population. Psychiatry Research , 270 pp. 755-763. 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.10.048. Green open access

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Abstract

An increasing volume of evidence suggests that mentalization (MZ) can be an important factor in the transition from mental health to mental illness and vice versa. However, most studies are focused on the role of MZ in specific disorders. This study aims to evaluate the relationship between MZ and mental health as a trans-diagnostic process. A sample of 172 adolescents aged 12 to 18 years old (M = 14.6, SD = 1.7; 56.4% of girls) was assessed on measures of MZ, psychopathology and psychological functioning from a multimethod and multi-informant perspective. Contrary to predictions, MZ was not associated with general psychopathology and comorbidity, even when explored from a broad, trans-diagnostic perspective. However, we observed a robust association linking MZ to functioning and well-being across many dimensions, involving social, role and several psychological indicators of adjustment and mental health. These results suggest that MZ may contribute to mental health beyond symptoms, not so much associated with psychopathology, but rather resilience and well-being.

Type: Article
Title: Beyond diagnosis. Mentalization and mental health from a transdiagnostic point of view in adolescents from non-clinical population
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.10.048
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2018.10.048
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Social cognition, Reflective function, Insight, Theory of mind, Tom, Mentalizing, Meta-cognition, Social intelligence, Emotional intelligence, Inter-personal intelligence, Intra-personal intelligence, Analytic function, Mindblindness, Awareness, Consciousness, Psychopathology, Impairment, Adjustment, Comorbidity, Mental disorder
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10071788
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