Optimism as a candidate health asset: exploring its links with adolescent quality of life

Katrin Häggström Westberg , Marie Wilhsson, Petra Svedberg, Jens M. Nygren, Antony Morgan, Maria Nyolm

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This study aims to understand the role that optimism could play in the context of a health asset approach to promote adolescent health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Adolescents (n = 948), between 11 and 16 years old from a medium-sized rural town in Sweden, answered questionnaires measuring optimism, pessimism, and HRQOL. The findings indicate a significant decrease in optimism and a significant increase in pessimism between early and midadolescence. The study has allowed us to present associational evidence of the links between optimism and HRQOL. This infers the potential of an optimistic orientation about the future to function as a health asset during adolescence and by implication may provide additional intervention tool in the planning of health promotion strategies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalChild Development
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2017



  • quality of life
  • Sweden
  • adolescent wellbeing

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