Adela Yarcheski, PhD, is Assistant Professor and Noreen E. Mahon, PhD, is an Associate Professor at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, College of Nursing, Newark, New Jersey.
Perceived stress and symptom patterns in early adolescents: The role of mediating variables
Version of Record online: 14 MAR 2007
Copyright © 1986 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 9, Issue 4, pages 289–297, December 1986
How to Cite
Yarcheski, A. and Mahon, N. E. (1986), Perceived stress and symptom patterns in early adolescents: The role of mediating variables. Res. Nurs. Health, 9: 289–297. doi: 10.1002/nur.4770090406
- Issue online: 14 MAR 2007
- Version of Record online: 14 MAR 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 15 DEC 1985
- Manuscript Received: 1 APR 1985
The relationship between perceived stress and symptom patterns was investigated in 136 seventh and eighth grade boys and girls. Affective-oriented coping and social support, two variables hypothesized as mediators of this relationship, were examined also. Participants completed the Modified Adolescent Life Change Events Questionnaire, the Jalowiec Coping Scale, the PRQ-A Social Support System, and the Symptom Pattern Scale. As predicted, the positive relationship between perceived stress and symptom patterns decreased when controlling for affective-oriented coping, while it increased when controlling for social support. Implications for nursing practice and further theory development are discussed.