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Examining the role of emotional reactivity, learned helplessness and persistence in distress tolerance among university students in Malaysia

Chai, Liang Ying and Lee, Jia Jun and Sim, Kah Soon (2020) Examining the role of emotional reactivity, learned helplessness and persistence in distress tolerance among university students in Malaysia. Final Year Project, UTAR.

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    Abstract

    Distress tolerance is termed as the perceived ability to withstand the distressing states. It is commonly related to various psychopathologies like depression and anxiety; and unwanted behaviours like self-mutilation and suicide. However, relatively less studies had focused on the modifying factors of distress tolerance. Therefore, this is a cross-sectional, correlational and quantitative study which aims to investigate the role of emotional reactivity, learned helplessness and persistence in predicting distress tolerance. The data was collected in two universities located in Perak using Distress Tolerance Scale, Emotional Reactivity Scale, Learned Helplessness Scale and Motivational Persistent Scale by paper-and-pencil method. A total number of 444 university students were included in this study using purposive sampling method. Multiple Linear Regression (MLR) and Pearson's Product Moment Correlation (PPMC) were used to test the relationship between all the predictors and with the outcome variable. The PPMC result showed that all the hypothesized relationship were significant at p<.01 except for persistence and distress tolerance. Besides, the MLR model was also statistically significant, F (3, 440) = 61.226, p = .000), and all the predictors significantly contribute to the variance in distress tolerance. This study has filled the research gap about the factors that contribute to distress tolerance. Apart from that, the pros and cons of the measurements for distress tolerance were discussed.

    Item Type: Final Year Project / Dissertation / Thesis (Final Year Project)
    Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Science > Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) Psychology
    Depositing User: ML Main Library
    Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2021 19:23
    Last Modified: 05 Jan 2021 19:23
    URI: http://eprints.utar.edu.my/id/eprint/3798

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