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Term: Self-Rated Mental Health - (CCHS Survey Data)

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2011-10-24


A person's state of psychological well-being as perceived by that person. Mental health can be affected by various social, psychological, and biological factors. Strong mental health exists when a person is able to cope with life's normal stresses, work productively, and make a contribution to society. Poor mental health can result from such things as stressful work conditions, social exclusion, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

In the Canadian Community Health Survey (CHHS), participants were asked, "In general, would you say your mental health is: excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor?" Participants could also answer "don't know".

In Fransoo et al. (2011), participants' self-perceived mental health status was grouped into two categories: "excellent/very good" or "good/fair/poor".

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