Jammu, Sep 23: Renowned psychology academician and Head Counselling Cell, Directorate of School Education, Jammu, Dr Romesh Sharma in his latest study has revealed that integrity, kindness and citizenship are character strengths among college students in the Jammu District.
“Integrity, kindness, spirituality, fairness and citizenship came out to be signature or top character strengths in college students from Jammu,” reveals Dr Romesh Sharma in his findings of a Ph.D research study.
The study was conducted under the supervision of Dr Arti Bakshi, Professor and Head Department of Psychology, University of Jammu.
The study further disclosed that the sample of students from all the degree colleges of District Jammu and Jammu College students were higher on community strengths and comparatively lower on Temperance (self-control) strengths.
“Males scored better than females on strengths of courage viz: bravery, perseverance and vitality whereas females scored higher than males on love and kindness.Character strengths hope, forgiveness, vitality, prudence and gratitude emerged as significantly contributing factors to positive mental health of college students in line with many global studies,” Dr Sharma said in a study.
He asserted that the research study entitled “character strengths, positive mental health and resilience among college students” was undertaken as per globally recognized model of values namely Values in Action classification arrived at by Peterson and Seligman and Flourishing model by American Sociologist Corey LM Keyes.
Study further revealed that 39.2 percent of students were flourishing, i.e having high well-being while 6.8 percent were diagnosed as languishing i.e. having low well-being whilerest 54 percent were diagnosed as moderately mentally healthy.
Languishing is the mood of the year 2021 as pointed out by many psychologists. If not taken proper care, languishing people can turn into depression. Researchers recommend making mental health/well-being assessment of youth a priority, looking at the poor standing of India in World happiness Index report 2021, revealed the study.
“Character strengths assessment and interventions may form the part of mission youth J&K to transform youth of J&K into happy, resilient, engaged and productive youth working at the peak of their potential,” Dr Sharma said.
He said that self-awareness about character strengths can lead to better well-being and better career/vocational choices according to their strengths.In the context of counselling, discovery of strengths can be an important step for enhancing psychological well-being.
“Focus on virtues and character strengths may aid in the solution to many problems associated with J&K youth. Awareness and practice of signature strengths by college students can optimize their well-being levels,” he added.
Dr Sharma said that the results of the study may help parents, teachers, healthcare workers and counselors across cultures to foster these essential strengths closely linked with positive mental health and resilience in people to better cope with life difficulties, achieve well-being and have a fulfilled, prosperous life.