Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
College of Education and Human Services
Family and Child Studies
Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair
Chih-Yuan Steven Lee
Sara E. Goldstein
College students--Mental health, College students--Psychology, College students--Family relationships
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships between familism and psychological well-being using an ethnically diverse sample of 636 college-attending young adults. Specifically, this study examined whether familism was related to depressive symptoms and life satisfaction directly, as well as indirectly through family support and conformity to parental expectations. The moderating role of gender in the proposed associations was also explored. PROCESS was employed to test the proposed multiple mediation and moderated mediation models. The results showed that the relationship between familism and depressive symptoms was not direct, but indirect through family support and conformity to parental expectations. Familism was related to life satisfaction directly, as well as indirectly through family support, but not through conformity to parental expectations. The results also showed that gender moderated the positive relationship between family support and life satisfaction, in that this relationship was greater for women than for men. The findings highlighted the protective role of family support in college-attending young adults’ psychological well-being, particularly in female young adults’ life satisfaction. Limitations and implications for families and helping professionals were discussed.
Cai, Yiting, "Familism and Psychological Well-Being Among College-Attending Young Adults : Examining Multiple Mediation and Moderated Mediation Effects" (2016). Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects. 368.