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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Bettis, Alexandra Hall
URN etd-03252014-120325
Title Parental Psychopathology and Youth Coping: Specificity in Predictors of Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms in Youth
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Bruce Compas Committee Member
Judy Garber Committee Member
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Specificity
Date of Defense 2014-03-05
Availability unrestricted
Research has long documented significant anxiety and depression symptom co-occurrence across the lifespan, which suggests that these symptoms may share a common etiology. Stringent tests of specificity may elucidate those processes that are specific as opposed to transdiagnostic predictors of symptoms of anxiety and depression in youth. The present study aims to test whether parental symptoms of anxiety and depression and youth coping strategies significantly and independently predict whether youths will experience elevated symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. 180 parents with a history of depression and their children ages 9-16 completed measures assessing symptoms (BDI-II, BAI, YSR and CBCL) and coping (RSQ). Parental depressive symptoms, secondary control coping, and primary control coping significantly predicted youth depressive symptoms. Secondary control coping significantly predicted youth anxiety symptoms. Results suggest that there are both transdiagnostic and specific risk factors for symptoms of anxiety and depression in youth.
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