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Perceived Parental Context, Positive Schemas and Life Satisfaction among University Students with and without a Mental Health Diagnosis

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Title: Perceived Parental Context, Positive Schemas and Life Satisfaction among University Students with and without a Mental Health Diagnosis
Author: Bowers, Hayley
Department: Department of Psychology
Program: Psychology
Advisor: Lumley, MargaretMorrongiello, Barbara
Abstract: This thesis examined the differences and mechanism behind the relationship between parental context and life satisfaction in University students with and without a mental health diagnosis, with positive schemas potentially mediating and/or moderating this relationship. Participants (N=318) were youth aged 17-19 (x̅=18.11) attending University in Southern Ontario. Participants were asked to complete questionnaires online. The results indicated that parental communication, alienation, and trust best predicted life satisfaction (β=.509). The results also indicated there were significant differences for all factor means between groups (p<.001). However, despite these differences the model fit both samples equally well and showed equivalence across groups (χ2(1, N=318)=3.43, p=.064). Lastly, partial mediation of positive schemas (not moderation) was present in both subgroups (p<.001). Overall, this study highlights the differences between those with and with a mental health problem but also suggests the same underlying processes may be at play for all youth.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/9320
Date: 2015-09


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