Term of Award

Winter 2017

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
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Department of Psychology

Committee Chair

Jeff Klibert

Committee Member 1

Thresa Yancey

Committee Member 2

Ty Boyer


Research has noted an upward trend in the rates of depression and anxiety disorders reported by college-attending emerging adults (American College Health Association, 2014; Mahmoud, Staten, Hall, & Lennie, 2012). Early traumatic experiences are one factor which may have a unique contribution to the development of social anxiety and depression symptoms in emerging adults (Spinhoven et al., 2010). However, these relationships may be explained by positive psychological resources like self-compassion. The purpose of this study was to examine the mediated effects of self-compassion on the relationships between recalled frequency of teasing in late childhood and adolescence and self-reports of current depression and social anxiety symptoms. Participants in this cross-sectional, correlational study included 312 undergraduate students who anonymously completed a series of online measures. As supported by past research, results suggest teasing frequency was directly associated with depression and social anxiety symptoms. Additionally, results indicated self-compassion partially mediated the relationship between teasing frequency and symptoms of depression and social anxiety. Clinical implications for these findings are discussed in the context of positive psychological interventions.

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