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Well-being and health perception of university students in Portugal: the influence of parental support and love relationship
 
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Institute of Education, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal
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Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology, University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Submission date: 2020-03-02
Final revision date: 2020-04-06
Acceptance date: 2020-04-06
Online publication date: 2020-05-04
Publication date: 2020-04-28
 
Health Psychology Report 2020;8(2):145–154
 
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Background:
The mental health of university students has been the subject of great attention from scientific investigations, not only to provide contextualised information, but additionally since high levels of well-being predicted a quality education. This study aims to evaluate the perception of well-being and health of university students, exploring the psychometric properties of the Well-being and Health Perception Scale (WbHPS) and analysing the influence of sociodemographic variables.

Participants and procedure:
A questionnaire was applied to a representative sample of 840 university students in Portugal stratified by year of academic attendance and scientific area of study. The WbHPS consists of 5 items measured on a 5-point Likert scale. We considered as explanatory variables the year of study and scientific area, sex, age, love rela-tionship, professional situation and BMI.

Results:
The WbHPS showed good psychometric properties, indicating the presence of an explanatory factor of 58.45% of variance and a good internal consistency (α = .81). The obtained results identified WbHPS as being inde-pendently associated with being in a love relationship, having a normal weight and not being displaced after starting at university.

Conclusions:
It is necessary to (re)think about disease prevention and health promotion actions in higher education, with psy-chosocial interventions that truly reflect on the well-being and health of university students.

 
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