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The role of identity style as a moderator variable in the relationship between undergraduate academic stress and negative psychological outcomes


1998 1998

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The purpose of the study was to investigate the role of identity style as a moderator variable in the relationship between undergraduate academic stressors and psychological impairment (depression and anxiety.) The subjects were 103 undergraduate students who took a course in introductory psychology during the Spring, 1996 semester. The sample was 68% female and 74% White, with a mean age of 18.8 years (SD = 1.2). Negative life events were assessed with the College Student Life Event Schedule (Sandler & Lakey, 1982); Identity style was assessed with the revised Identity Style Inventory (Berzonsky, 1992); depression was assessed with the Beck Depression Inventory (Beck, 1967); and anxiety was assessed with the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (Spielberger, 1983). Results indicated a positive relationship between quantity of negative life events and depression. An expected positive relationship between quantity of negative life events and anxiety was not obtained. Diffuse/avoidant and normative identity styles operated as moderating variables in the relationship between quantity of negative life events and depression. An expected moderating influence of informational identity style was not obtained in the relationship between negative life events and depression, nor were expected moderating effects of any identity styles obtained for the relationship between quantity of negative life events and anxiety. Practical applications of the research for improving the lives of college students are discussed.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Developmental psychology;
Educational psychology
Classification
0620: Developmental psychology
0525: Educational psychology
Identifier / keyword
Education; Psychology; anxiety; depression; negative life events
Title
The role of identity style as a moderator variable in the relationship between undergraduate academic stress and negative psychological outcomes
Author
Blum, Daniel F.
Number of pages
160
Publication year
1998
Degree date
1998
School code
0072
Source
DAI-B 59/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780591781427, 0591781425
Advisor
Schiaffino, Kathleen M.
University/institution
Fordham University
University location
United States -- New York
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9825878
ProQuest document ID
304426670
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304426670
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