Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1998

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Carolyn Cutrona

Abstract

The goal of the current study was to clarify the relation between aggression and depression in school-aged children by examining the roles of five risk factors (economic status, parent depression, parent-child conflict, academic competence and peer rejection) that may explain the relation between aggression and depression. The study collected information from a sample of 368 families of sixth grade children aged 10-13 years (M = 11.3). These children were living in intact families in the rural Midwest and variables were measured using mother-, father-, and child self-report. The findings of this study supported a significant relation between aggression and depressive symptoms in children (r =.67) and the five risk factors were all significantly correlated with both aggression and depression in the expected direction. The combined effect of the five risk factors explained 60% of the shared variance between aggression and depressive symptoms with parent depression, peer rejection, and parent-child conflict uniquely contributing to the covariation between aggression and depression. A process model linking the five risk factors to aggression and depression was proposed and results indicated a marginal fit between the hypothesized interrelations in the process model and the data. Consequently, a modified process model resulted in a more reasonable fit with the data. Moderator effects were also examined within the process model.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-10819

Publisher

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

Copyright Owner

Sara Ann Warrick-Swansen

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI9841096

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

104 pages

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