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Dr. Scott Braithwaite
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Dr. Jared Warren
Dr. Bruce Brown
Optimism, College Students, Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety, Collegiate Optimism
The Collegiate Optimism Orientation Test (COOT) was designed to provide a more specific and accurate understanding of an individual’s optimism in a collegiate setting. The current study investigates the reliability and validity of the COOT in order to demonstrate its usefulness as a measure of optimism in college students and examines the relationship between optimism and both mental health and GPA. Participants were gathered using online survey websites, one of which was specific for students at Brigham Young University specifically and the other of which was open to any college student in the United States. Participants took a survey consisting of the COOT and various other optimism and mental health related measures. The COOT was found to be a valid and reliable measure of optimism among college students. Correlations found between the COOT and mental health were consistent with past research on optimism and mental health. Additionally, optimism, as measured by the COOT, was found to be significantly correlated to GPA.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Bingham, Emilia, "Validating the Collegiate Optimism Orientation Test and Exploring its Correlation to GPA and Mental Health Among College Students" (2020). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 112.