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Pittman, Laura D.

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Psychology


The present study examined the relation between domain-specific stressors (i.e., interpersonal versus noninterpersonal) and adolescent internalizing and externalizing symptoms among 118 high school students (Mage = 16.65 years old; 64% female; 79.8% Caucasian). Additionally, this study assessed the impact of negative attributional style on each of these associations, furthering the current literature on the Cognitive Diathesis-Stress model among adolescents. Using the lavaan package of RStudio (Rosseel, 2012), path analyses were run to examine the relationship between domain-specific stressor and adolescent outcomes. The present study found that interpersonal, but not noninterpersonal stressors were associated with internalizing symptoms, while neither interpersonal nor noninterpersonal stressors were associated with externalizing behaviors. Further, negative attributional style moderated the pathway between noninterpersonal stress and internalizing symptoms. Similarly, at a trend-level, negative attributional style moderated the association between noninterpersonal stress and externalizing behaviors. However, this moderation pattern was not observed for interpersonal stress. The present study presents some evidence to suggest the importance of examining domain-specific stressors; however, future research is necessary to continue the understanding of this differentiation.


80 pages




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