Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2001

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Rand D. Conger

Abstract

Consistent with a life course and social contextual approach, this study proposes a reciprocal relationship between stressful life events and emotional distress during the transition from adolescence to early adulthood. Study predictions included continuity of events and distress, and reciprocal causation between events and distress. SEM analysis of longitudinal, prospective data from 526 white, rural targets largely supported study expectations. Stressful events and distress showed stability over time, and a degree of reciprocity between events and distress was observed. At each of three time points, stressful events predicted psychological distress, and psychological distress at mid- and late-adolescence predicted events at early adulthood. Possible direct and buffering effects of resource were also examined, including, financial, self-concept, and social support. Analysis of resource models revealed a direct and buffering influence of financial resources.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-12055

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu

Copyright Owner

Lora J. Ebert Wallace

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI3016749

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

58 pages

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