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Stressful life events and depressive symptoms among adolescents in Malaysia: the mediating role of maladaptive cognitive schema


Wong, Yi Shan and Zulkefly, Nor Sheereen and Tan, Kit-Aun (2020) Stressful life events and depressive symptoms among adolescents in Malaysia: the mediating role of maladaptive cognitive schema. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 33 (6). pp. 493-500. ISSN 0334-0139; ESSN: 2191-0278


Objectives: The present study aimed to examine the mediational role of maladaptive cognitive schema in the association between stressful life events, which are operationalised as major (i. e. negative life events) and minor (i. e. daily hassles) life stressors, and depressive symptoms among adolescents. Methods: A cross-sectional correlational study was conducted to recruit participants across four selected states of Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka and Selangor in Peninsular Malaysia. This study involved a total of 1,032 adolescents from 25 government secondary schools, identified using probability proportional to size cluster sampling technique. Data were collected through a self-report questionnaire. Results: Using structural equation modelling analyses, findings revealed a full mediation effect of maladaptive cognitive schema between negative life events and depressive symptoms, and a partial mediation effect between daily hassles and depressive symptoms. Conclusions: This study provided valuable insights about the significance of maladaptive cognitive schema as a mediator in the stress-depression association and advanced the understanding of mechanism underlying development of depressive symptoms among adolescents in Malaysia. Findings also benefit the clinical practice in the development of targeted depression prevention and intervention programs.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2019-0228
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Keywords: Adolescents; Daily hassles; Depressive symptoms; Maladaptive cognitive schema; Negative life events
Depositing User: Nurul Ainie Mokhtar
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2023 02:54
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2023 02:54
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/85938
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