Contemporary School Psychology

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 276–285 | Cite as

Covitality Constructs as Predictors of Psychological Well-being and Depression for Secondary School Students

  • Claire Pennell
  • Peter BomanEmail author
  • Amanda Mergler


This study was an examination of the strength of relations among covitality, and its underlying constructs of belief in self, emotional competence, belief in others, and engaged living, and two outcome variables: subjective well-being and depression. Participants included 361 Australian secondary school students (75 males and 286 females) who completed a series of online questionnaires related to positive psychological well-being in adolescents. The results from the first standard multiple regression analysis indicated that higher levels of belief in self, belief in others, and engaged living were significant predictors of increased subjective well-being. The results from the second standard multiple regression showed that higher levels of belief in self, belief in others, and engaged living were significant predictors of decreased feelings of depression. In both standard multiple regression models, the combined effect of the traits that comprise covitality was greater than the effect of each individual positive psychological trait.


Covitality Positive psychology Adolescence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychology and CounsellingQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.School of CounsellingAustralian College of Applied PsychologyAdelaideAustralia
  3. 3.School of Cultural and Professional LearningQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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