Relationship between Executive Functions, Positive Psychology and Depression: ‎A Positive Neuropsychology Framework

Moh'd A Shoqeirat, Mohammad Khalaf Alkhawaldeh, Mamduh Baniah Lafee Alzaben, Mohammad Rageh Mohammad Sulaiman, Manar Hasan, Khaled Naimat


This study explores the relationship between executive functions, positive ‎psychology, and depression within the context of a positive neuropsychological ‎framework. The participants comprised 286 university students (113 male and 173 ‎female). The study utilized the Executive Function Index (EFI), Beck Depression ‎Inventory-II (BDI-II), and Positive Psychology Scale for data collection.   Research ‎questions were addressed through the application of simple regression, Pearson ‎correlation, and t-test methodologies. The study findings revealed that the EFI ‎failed to predict positive psychology and depression. Conversely, positive ‎psychology exhibited predictive capabilities for depression. Additionally, the results ‎demonstrated a negative correlation between depression and positive psychology, ‎depression and executive functions, as well as a positive correlation between ‎positive psychology and executive functions. Furthermore, the study revealed that ‎females exhibited higher levels of depression, while males exhibited higher levels of ‎positive psychology.‎


Depression; executive functions; positive psychology; positive neuropsychology

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