Introversion, Interpersonal Loss, and Symptoms of Depression

Master's Thesis

Abstract

Depression is a prevalent and debilitating psychological condition that is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Severe life stress has consistently been found to precede the onset of depression, but not everyone who experiences severe life stress breaks down. Therefore, there must be moderators of life stress’ depressogenic capability. There is suggestive evidence that the personality trait of introversion may moderate the depressogenic potential of interpersonal life stress, yet this personality domain is understudied. In the present research it was predicted that introverts experiencing a romantic break-up would be more depressed, have higher negative affect, and have lower positive affect than introverts without a break-up and extraverts regardless of break up. Two studies addressing these hypotheses found support for a moderating effect of introversion on the depressogenic potential of interpersonal life stress, but in the opposite direction. Possible explanations for these unexpected results and their implications are discussed.

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URN
  • etd-12072011-140152

Author Lori Frances Cummins
Advisor Scott M. Monroe
Contributor David Watson, Committee Member
Contributor Anita E. Kelly, Committee Member
Contributor Scott M. Monroe, Committee Chair
Degree Level Master's Thesis
Degree Discipline Psychology
Degree Name MA
Defense Date
  • 2011-11-30

Submission Date 2011-12-07
Country
  • United States of America

Subject
  • Depression

  • Life Stress

  • Introversion

Publisher
  • University of Notre Dame

Language
  • English

Record Visibility and Access Public
Content License
  • All rights reserved

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