Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Yang, Bin URN etd-12042009-020043 Title Life stress, social support, and problem-solving skills in depression, hopelessness, and suicide ideation for an Asian student population : a test of a model Degree Master of Science Department Clinical Psychology Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Clum, George A. Jr. Committee Chair Jones, Russell T. Committee Member Ollendick, Thomas H. Committee Member Keywords
- Asian students
Date of Defense 1992-10-31 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe present study tested a stress-problem-solving and stress social
support etiological model for depression, hopelessness, and
suicide ideation for a group of Asian foreign students in the United
states. Problem-solving skills and social support were hypothesized as
two mediators between life stress and dependent variables, such as
depression, hopelessness, and suicide ideation. The results from a
series of stepwise regression analyses and a path analysis supported
the hypothesis. The results were also compared with other significant
studies in this area and similar findings from cross cultures were
addressed. The important role of social support and problem-solving
confidence in depression and hopelessness were discussed. The results
also suggest that depression and hopelessness may be two separate and
complementary pathways in the etiology of suicide ideation. In
addition, two new measures for life stress and social support for this
specific population were designed and employed in the study.
Satisfactory psychometric properties of these two new scales were
indicated, including test-retest reliability, internal consistency,
concurrent validity, incremental validity, and construct validity.
Results from factor analysis and regression analyses for factors of the
new scales were also discussed in relation to depression, hopelessness,
and suicide ideation. Given the correlational nature of the study, some
precautions regarding how to interpret the results were discussed.
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