Self-concept, depression, and negative peer interactions: Exploring the social and psychological health of college students

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dc.contributor.author Glick, Gary C.
dc.date.accessioned 2007-05-31T20:31:01Z
dc.date.available 2007-05-31T20:31:01Z
dc.date.issued 2007-05-31T20:31:01Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2092/569
dc.description.abstract This exploratory self-report study examined the links between self-concept, psychological health, and negative peer interactions among college students. While a wealth of past research is devoted to examining such constructs individually no attempt has been made to simultaneously explore these three areas of research and their connections to one another. Participants were 87 college students with a mean age of 18.84 (SD = 1.28). These participants were given a packet of surveys that assessed self-esteem, self-consciousness, fear of negative evaluation, relational aggression, relational victimization, rejection sensitivity, frequency of self-reinforcement, depression, and anxiety. All of the aforementioned variables were significantly correlated with depression (p < .00) and with the likelihood to engage in self-reinforcement behaviors (p < .05, with the exception of relational aggression which was insignificant). Multiple linear regression modeling indicates that rejection sensitivity, relational victimization, and fear of negative evaluation were all significantly predictive of depression. This model accounted for 28.3% of the variance in depression. A second model indicates that rejection sensitivity, self-reinforcement, and depression all significantly predict self-esteem, with this model accounting for 48.2% of the variance in self-esteem. A third model indicates that self-esteem, fear of negative evaluation, and depression all significantly predict self-consciousness, with the model accounting for 40.9% of the variance in self-consciousness. All independent variables in each of the aforementioned models reached individual significance (p < .05). These results contribute to a growing body of research asserting that peer interactions play a major role in the social and psychological health of college students. en
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dc.language.iso en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries DUCURS 2006;25
dc.subject Peer interactions en
dc.subject Self-concept en
dc.subject Social interaction en
dc.subject Psychology, Social en
dc.subject College students -- Mental health en
dc.subject College students -- Psychology en
dc.title Self-concept, depression, and negative peer interactions: Exploring the social and psychological health of college students en
dc.type Presentation en


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    Poster sessions and presentation from the Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Sciences held each April at Olmsted Center on the Drake campus.

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