Author(s)

Lindsay Anmuth

Date Approved

9-13-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Applied Psychology and Professional Mental Health Counseling

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Haugh, Jim

Subject(s)

Anxiety;Depression, Mental

Disciplines

Psychiatric and Mental Health

Abstract

This study tested the relationships between Young's (1990, 2003) model of Early Maladaptive Schemas (EMSs), negative life events occurring over the past 4 months, depressive symptoms, and anxious symptoms. We also replicated a design testing the ability of EMSs, negative life events, and their interaction to predict depressive and anxious symptoms and extended the design to include specific categories of negative life events (interpersonal and achievement). Results of this study showed that EMSs are predictive of depressive and anxious symptoms, but that negative life events account for a greater prediction. The EMS model was just as highly associated with and predictive of anxious symptoms as it was with depressive symptoms. The study was the first to examine specific types of negative life events and their relationships with EMSs. EMSs may be more highly associated with negative achievement than with negative interpersonal events but the EMSs appear to be vulnerable to global life stress in general.

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