Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

6673

Date

2021

Date of Award

4-19-2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Psychology

Concentration

School Psychology

Committee Chair

Randy Floyd

Committee Member

Kathryn Howell

Committee Member

Xu Jiang

Abstract

This study aimed to examine the potential buffering role of growth mindset of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in reducing adolescents' externalizing behaviors in the context of normative stress (i.e., family, peer, academic, overall) during adolescence. Moderation analyses conducted in the PROCESS macro for SPSS revealed that family stress was significantly associated with externalizing behaviors in adolescents, and this relation was moderated by growth mindset of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. The conditional effect analyses revealed that the magnitude of the association between family stress and externalizing behaviors weakened as the levels of growth mindset increased. Academic stress, peer stress, and overall stress models did not significantly interact with growth mindset to predict externalizing behaviors. Taken together, the findings suggested that growth mindset demonstrates protective effects in reducing externalizing behaviors when adolescents experience family stress. Implications are discussed.

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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