The mental health continuum: from languishing to flourishing in life.

@article{Keyes2002TheMH,
  title={The mental health continuum: from languishing to flourishing in life.},
  author={Corey Lee M. Keyes},
  journal={Journal of health and social behavior},
  year={2002},
  volume={43 2},
  pages={
          207-22
        }
}
  • C. Keyes
  • Published 1 June 2002
  • Psychology
  • Journal of health and social behavior
This paper introduces and applies an operationalization of mental health as a syndrome of symptoms of positive feelings and positive functioning in life. Dimensions and scales of subjective well-being are reviewed and conceived of as mental health symptoms. A diagnosis of the presence of mental health, described as flourishing, and the absence of mental health, characterized as languishing, is applied to data from the 1995 Midlife in the United States study of adults between the ages of 25 and… 

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