Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

171

Date

2010

Date of Award

12-3-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Psychology

Concentration

General Psychology

Committee Chair

Gilbert Parra

Committee Member

Robert Cohen

Committee Member

Lynda Sagrestano

Abstract

This study tested a conceptual model which incorporated parental emotion invalidation of sadness, emotion inhibition, and rumination as contributing factors to depressive symptoms in adolescence. Adolescents completed questionnaires measuring their own emotion inhibition, rumination, and depression as well as their perceptions of their parents' invalidating reponses towards their sadness. Parents completed questionnaires measuring their perceptions of their invalidating responses towards their adoelscents' sadness, their perception of their adoelscents' sadness inhibition, and their perception of their adolescents' depressive symptoms. Path analyses were conducted to examine the direct and indirect relations among the four variables. Results showed that emotion inhibition and rumination were associated with depression, but not each other. Parental emotion invalidation predicted emotion inhibition and depression, but not rumination. Findings suggest that parental emotion invalidation may be differentially related to different components of emotion regulation and that multiple components of emotion regulation should be considered in relation to adolescent depression.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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