Predictive Role of Social Capital and Mental Health in Tendency to Risky Behaviors in Students

Document Type : Original Article


1 M.A., Department of Psychology, Varamin-Pishva Branch, Islamic Azad University, Varamin, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Varamin-Pishva Branch, Islamic Azad University, Varamin, Iran



Background and aim: Identifying factors that affect high-risk behaviors is one of the fundamental ways to prevent high-risk behaviors. This study aimed to determine the predictive role of social capital and mental health in the tendency to high-risk behaviors in female students of Shahid Beheshti University.
Methods: The research method was correlational. The statistical population of this study included all female students of Shahid Beheshti University of Tehran who were studying in the first semester of 2018-19, among which 150 students were selected. The sampling method was stratified random sampling. Data were collected using the Iranian Youth Risk Assessment Scale, General Health Questionnaire, and Social Capital Questionnaire. Data were analyzed using the Pearson correlation coefficient and multiple regression by spss.22.
Results: The results showed a negative relationship between the components of social capital and the tendency to risky behaviors. Also, there was a positive relationship between general health components and the tendency to high-risk behaviors (p <0.001). There was a relationship between social capital and the tendency to risky behaviors (p <0.001).
Conclusion: It can be concluded that social capital and mental health play a predictive role in the tendency to high-risk behaviors in female students.


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