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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Reeslund, Kristen Lynne
URN etd-08132010-073342
Title Coping and Social Competence as Processes of Resilience in a Family Cognitive-Behavioral Preventive Intervention for Children of Depressed Parents
Degree PhD
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Bruce E. Compas Committee Chair
David Cole Committee Member
Erin Fowler Committee Member
Judy Garber Committee Member
  • social competence
  • coping
  • prevention
  • at-risk youth
  • parental depression
Date of Defense 2009-05-13
Availability unrestricted
The stress associated parental depression poses a significant risk factor to offspring of depressed parents. However, the availability of psychosocial resources, such as coping and social competence, may counteract or lessen the disruptive effects of living with a depressed parent. In a randomized clinical trial with parents with a history of major depressive disorder and their 9 –15-year-old offspring (n = 155), adolescents’ coping and social competence were examined as moderators and mediators of the effects of a family group cognitive behavioral preventive intervention on adolescents’ anxiety/depression and internalizing symptoms. Hypothesized moderators were measured at baseline, changes in hypothesized mediators were assessed at post-intervention (2 months) and after completion of 4 monthly booster sessions (6 months), and adolescent outcomes were measured at 12-month follow-up. Evidence emerged for a mediated model in which changes in adolescents’ secondary control coping at 6 months accounted for the effects of the intervention on anxiety/depressive and internalizing symptoms. No support emerged for social competence as a mediator or any of the tested moderated models. Implications for the prevention of psychopathology in offspring of depressed parents are highlighted.

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