Psychological Resources as Stress Buffers: Their Relationship to University Students' Anxiety and Depression


Department of Health Psychology in Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

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The association of protective resources, personality variables, life events, and gender with anxiety and depression was examined with university students. Building on regression analyses, a structural equation model was generated with good fit, indicating that with respect to both anxiety and depression, negative life events and coping resources were mediated by a common distress factor. Personality variables were associated with anxiety, which in turn had a direct relationship to depression.