Role of Gender-Related Personality Traits, Problem-Solving Appraisal, and Perceived Social Support in Developing a Mediational Model of Psychological Adjustment

Li Fei Wang, P. Paul Heppner, Thomas R. Berry

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This study examined the relation between gender-related personality traits and psychological adjustment. The study used structural equation modeling with latent variables to assess how gender-related personality traits influence aspects of psychological adjustment. Participants included 306 undergraduate and graduate students. Results indicated that the different gender-related personality traits influence corresponding aspects of psychological adjustment through 2 mediational components: problem-solving appraisal and perceived social support. The relation between gender-related personality traits and psychological adjustment is not simply a linear one as conceptualized previously. Rather, gender-related personality traits have an indirect effect through mediating factors. Implications for counseling interventions and for further research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-255
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Apr
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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