The Mediating Role of Attributions in the Association Between Intimate Relationship Distress and Depressive Symptoms in a Dating Sample of Undergraduate Students Journal Articles uri icon

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  • The current study investigated the mediating role of depressogenic and intimate relationship distress-maintaining attributions in the association between depressive symptoms and relationship distress in an undergraduate dating sample. Results indicated that taken together, depressogenic and distress-maintaining attributions significantly mediated the association between depressive symptoms predicting relationship distress for women, but not men. Examination of the specific indirect effects revealed that distress-maintaining blame attributions had a significant indirect effect in this association for both men and women. Possible clinical implications for the treatment of depressive symptoms and relationship distress are discussed.


  • Shnaider, Philippe
  • Belus, Jennifer M
  • Vorstenbosch, Valerie
  • Monson, Candice M
  • Langhinrichsen-Rohling, Jennifer

publication date

  • April 2014