ERIC Number: ED255844
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Stressful Life Event Influences on Positive and Negative Psychological Functioning.
McGowan, John R.; Cohen, Lawrence H.
Some research has suggested that positive life events may interact with negative life events during periods of high stress to buffer the effects of negative events. The relationships among positive and negative life events and positive and negative psychological status were examined in an investigation of the direct and mediating effects of positive and negative life events on both psychological distress and adaptive psychological functioning. College students (N=97) completed the Langner Psychiatric Screening Inventory, the Beck Depression Inventory, the Affect Balance Scale, and a version of the Quality of Life Scale. These measures and the College Student Life Event Scale were administered at two measurement periods separated by an 8-week interval. Analyses based on a multivariate hierarchical regression model revealed that negative and positive life events were independent predictors of same-domain measures of psychological functioning in each cross-sectional analysis, and remained strongly related to psychological functioning after statistically controlling for the effects of initial psychological status. There was no support for the stress-buffering (interactive) effects of positive life events. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Life Events
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 24-28, 1984). For related document, see CG 018 175.