Date of Award
Master of Science
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.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Walker, Kelsey Ann, "Testing the Effect of Stress on Externalizing Behaviors: Is Growth Mindset a Moderator?" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2154.