Title

Romantic relationship dissatisfaction and depression mediated by satisfaction of basic psychological needs

Date of Publication

2017

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology Major in Clinical Psychology

College

College of Liberal Arts

Department/Unit

Psychology

Thesis Adviser

Marie Madelene A. Sta. Maria

Abstract/Summary

The study was conducted to investigate the relationship between romantic relationship dissatisfaction and depressive symptoms by determining whether the satisfaction of basic psychological needs mediated the relationship. Participants were emerging adults consisting of 281 males (n = 132) and females (n = 149) aged 18 to 29 years old who were unmarried and involved in romantic relationships. A simple mediation model was tested via the PROCESS macro by performing bootstrapping (10,000) and multiple regression analysis. The current study found that satisfaction of basic psychological needs mediated the relationship between romantic relationship dissatisfaction and depressive symptoms. Results implied that emerging adults experienced more depressive symptoms when they felt dissatisfied with their romantic relationships because their needs for autonomy, relatedness, and competence were not satisfied within the relationship. Furthermore, the relationship between romantic relationship dissatisfaction and depressive symptoms remained highly significant even after controlling for the satisfaction of basic psychological needs. Overall, these results highlight the importance of satisfying basic psychological needs in romantic relationships and not just in general.

Abstract Format

html

Language

English

Format

Electronic

Accession Number

CDTG007188

Shelf Location

Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

Physical Description

1 computer disc ; 4 3/4 in.

Keywords

Interpersonal relations; Intimacy (Psychology)

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