Rebecca M.

Date of Award

Winter 2002

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Committee Director

John B. Nezlek

Committee Member

Clifford Hatt

Committee Member

Barbara Winstead

Committee Member

Jennifer Pals

Committee Member

Robert Archer


Everyday for 2 weeks, adolescents described the events that occurred each day and provided measures of their daily self-esteem and depressogenic adjustment. Adolescents also provided trait measures of depression and social support. Within-person relationships were found between social and achievement, positive and negative daily events and daily adjustment. Depression and social support moderated specific within-person relationships. Less well-adjusted adolescents were more reactive to social positive events than better-adjusted adolescents, but surprisingly, better-adjusted adolescents were more reactive to social negative events than less well-adjusted adolescents. Better-adjusted adolescents were also more reactive to achievement positive events than less well-adjusted adolescents. Girls were more reactive to social negative events than boys, a difference that was not accounted for by gender differences in trait depression. Finally, adolescents with high social support satisfaction were less reactive to achievement negative events and social positive events than adolescents with low social support satisfaction.


A Dissertation Submitted to the Faculties of The College of William and Mary, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University, and Old Dominion University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology through the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology.