Date Thesis Awarded

5-2019

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)

Department

Psychology

Advisor

Christopher Conway

Committee Members

Christopher Conway

Pamela Hunt

Douglas Young

Abstract

This study investigated the potential moderating role gender plays in the association of distress tolerance (DT) with internalizing and externalizing symptoms of psychopathology. I hypothesized that DT would have a main effect on resilience to both internalizing and externalizing problems. Further, I expected that gender would moderate this effect for externalizing, but not internalizing, symptoms, such that men would exhibit a stronger (inverse) relationship between DT and externalizing problems. I tested these hypotheses in samples of 1,211 undergraduates and 224 treatment-seeking adults. There was strong evidence for the main effect of DT on both symptom dimensions, but the data did not support the gender moderation hypothesis. I recommend that future research replicates these analyses in larger clinical samples with more diverse forms of psychopathology.

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