Publication Date

2007

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Lovejoy, M. Christine

Degree Name

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Department

Department of Psychology

LCSH

Mood (Psychology) in adolescence

Abstract

Bias for recalling information consistent with mood, or the mood congruence effect, has been found using laboratory tasks with adolescents. In the current study, 81 adolescents and their mothers were recruited to investigate the mood congruence effect in everyday interactions. Mothers and adolescents discussed conflicts during videotaped sessions. Adolescents rated their mood, behavior, and maternal behavior after the discussions. Observers rated the videotapes and, along with adolescents’ perceptions of their relationships with their mothers, were controlled to determine whether mood biased adolescent ratings of behavior. Results supported the mood congruence effect for 6th and 8th graders. Eighth graders also exhibited stronger negative mood congruence effects than 6th graders. These results suggest the mood congruence effect is found in naturalistic conditions, and that negative mood biases strengthen during adolescence.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references (pages [77]-89).

Extent

x, 104 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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Text

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