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ERIC Number: EJ872325
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Impostorism as a Mediator between Survivor Guilt and Depression in a Sample of African American College Students
Austin, Chammie C.; Clark, Eddie M.; Ross, Michael J.; Taylor, Matthew J.
College Student Journal, v43 n4 p1094-1109 Dec 2009
The purpose of the current study was to explore the mediating effects of impostorism on the association between survivor guilt feelings and self-report depressive symptomatology. Ninety-seven African American college students were asked to complete measures of empathy based survivor guilt, impostor feelings, and depression. Results indicated that higher scores of survivor guilt were associated with increased depressive symptomatology and more intense impostor feelings. Moreover, as hypothesized, impostor feelings mediated the relationship between survivor guilt and depressive symptomatology, such that the relationship between survivor guilt and depressive symptoms was attenuated. Implications of the study's findings for university administrators and clinicians are discussed. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale