The mediating role of positive relations with others in associations between depressive symptoms, social skills, and perceived stress

Chris Segrin, Kristina N. Rynes

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This study was designed to examine the role of positive relations with others as a mediator of the association between poor social skills and depression and between depression and increased perceptions of stress. To test these two models, data were collected from 179 young adults assessed three times over the course of 4 months. Sobel's product of coefficients test and lower-level mediation modeling were used to evaluate these predictions. The results showed that positive relations with others completely mediated the negative association between social skills and depression. Social skills also moderated the positive association between depression and perceptions of stress. These findings illustrate how positive relations with others function to promote psychological well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)962-971
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009



  • Depression
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Social skills
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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