Potentially Traumatic Experiences, Academic Performance, and Psychological Distress: The Role of Shame

Chih Yuan Steven Lee, Jared R. Anderson, Bonnie Klimes-Dougan

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of shame associated with previous potentially traumatic experiences, satisfaction with academic performance, and psychological distress among college students (N = 245) in Mainland China. Results indicated that previous experiences of potentially traumatic events were directly related to depressive symptoms and indirectly related through characterological shame and hopelessness. In addition, characterological shame and bodily shame were 2 distinct forms of shame that had unique associations with psychological distress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-50
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Counseling and Development
Volume94
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • China
  • academic performance
  • psychological distress
  • shame
  • traumatic experiences

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