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Valued Domain Involvement: How Living a Valued and Complex Life May Buffer Against the Negative Life Experiences Associated with Social Anxiety

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dc.contributor.advisor Gordon, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.author Gaines, Averi N.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-01T14:12:10Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-01T14:12:10Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/19417
dc.description.abstract The current study moves past initial research on self-complexity to investigate how living a valued and complex life may allow people with social anxiety to deal with life stressors and prevent the onset of poor life outcomes. Poor life outcomes commonly associated with social anxiety include depression, loneliness, and interpersonal dependency. Two studies were conducted to examine whether living a valued and complex life could alter these typical outcomes. Study 1 proposed a new measure, called Valued Domain Involvement (VDI), and assessed whether it moderated the relationship between social anxiety and these three poor life outcomes. Study 2 used longitudinal data to investigate whether living a valued and complex life, measured through a modified Quality of Life Inventory (mQOLI), would mitigate the long-term development of depression and loneliness for individuals with different levels of social anxiety facing the stressor of a relationship breakup. As expected, social anxiety was associated with living a less valued and complex life, as measured through VDI and mQOLI. VDI was found to be a better predictor of poor life outcomes than mQOLI for individuals with social anxiety. Living a valued and complex life was found to buffer the effects of a relationship breakup on the development of loneliness for individuals regardless of their level of social anxiety. These findings show the need for more research on VDI and suggest that living a valued and complex life may help individuals deal with life stressors.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Psychology
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
dc.subject.lcsh Social phobia
dc.subject.lcsh Quality of life -- Psychological aspects
dc.title Valued Domain Involvement: How Living a Valued and Complex Life May Buffer Against the Negative Life Experiences Associated with Social Anxiety
dc.type Thesis
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