Positive mental health (psychological well-being) is measured using The Flourishing Scale, an eight-item summary measure of the respondent's self-perceived success in important areas such as relationships, self-esteem, purpose, and optimism (Diener, Wirtz, Tov, Kim-Prieto, Choi, Oishi, & Biswas-Diener , 2009). The score ranges from 8-56, and we are using 48 as the threshold for positive mental health.
- Northwestern undergrads (38.8%) are flourishing at roughly the same rate as the National sample of undergrads (38.4%)
- Over 6 in 10 (61.2%) of Northwestern undergrads report that they are struggling.
- Trans & Genderqueer (81.8%), LGBTQ (72.9%), and First Generation students (72.3%) report the highest level of struggling.
Data Source: Healthy Minds Study-CCMH Winter 2018-2019, n=463