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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Truss, Alanna E.
URN etd-07242008-154428
Title A competency-based model of depression in children: self-perceived competence as a mediator of the relations of parenting and negative life events to depressive symptoms
Degree PhD
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
David A. Cole Committee Chair
Bruce E. Compas Committee Member
Judy Garber Committee Member
Tony N. Brown Committee Member
  • none
Date of Defense 2007-08-29
Availability unrestricted
A model in which self-perceived competence mediates the relations of parenting and negative life events to depressive symptoms was tested in a sample of 755 elementary and middle school students. Developmental trends in the model were also tested. Children completed measures of parenting, negative life events, self-perceived competence and depressive symptoms. Parents also completed measures of parenting, life events, and children’s depressive symptoms. Consistent with a competency-based model of depression, strong support was found for the relation of self-perceived competence to later depressive symptoms. Support also emerged for the reciprocal relation with depressive symptoms predicting later self-perceived competence. Parenting and negative life events were found not to predict self-perceived competence or depressive symptoms. Implications and future directions are discussed.
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