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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Seligman, Laura Diane
Author's Email Address seligman@qis.net
URN etd-041799-155705
Title Comorbidity of anxiety and depression in youth: A developmental analysis
Degree PhD
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Ollendick, Thomas H. Committee Chair
Clum, George A. Jr. Committee Member
Cooper, Robin K. Panneton Committee Member
Finney, Jack W. Committee Member
Lease, Cynthia A. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Children and Adolescents
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
Date of Defense 1999-04-06
Availability restricted
Abstract
The purpose of the current study was to examine a model explaining a pathway from anxiety to depression in youth. Additionally, a second model was considered examining specifically the worry component of anxiety and its role in the development of depression. Path analyses were used to examine the relationships between general anxiety and worry and academic competence and functioning, social competence and functioning, attributional style, hopelessness, and depression. In addition, the impact of sex and cognitive ability on these relationships was examined.

Results revealed that anxious and depressive symptomatology were significantly correlated. Further, some support was found to suggest that the significant relationship between self-reported anxiety and depression was partially mediated through social and/or academic variables as well as attributional style and hopelessness. While sex was not found to significantly impact these relationships, cognitive ability did moderate the relationship between worry and academic functioning even when other variables were considered simultaneously. The implications of these findings for treatment and research are discussed.

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