Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Orr, R. R.,


Psychology, Clinical.




The present study sought to gain a better understanding of depression experienced by young women (aged 18 to 24 years) in university. The women completed a series of self-report questionnaires, including the Center for Epidemiologic Studies - Depression Index, Recent Life Events - College Scale, Expanded Attributional Style Questionnaire, and a modified version of the Self-Efficacy Scale. Surprisingly, almost half the 171 women studied (48%) were at least mildly depressed, suggesting that these women are especially vulnerable to depression. As predicted, hierarchical regression analyses indicated that depression was significantly related to stress, attributional style, and self-efficacy, although the relationships among the variables differed from expectation. Important differences in the predictors of depression, but not the overall vulnerability to depression, emerged when distinguishing between women who emphasized achievement, women who emphasized interpersonal relationships, and women who emphasized both domains. The present findings suggest that when working with young women in university it is particularly important to assess their current level of depression and their relative emphasis on achievement and interpersonal domains in order to gain a better understanding of the relevant risk factors.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1999 .L37. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 40-03, page: 0781. Adviser: R. R. Orr. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1999.