Social competence as a predictor of chronic interpersonal stress

by David S Herzberg, Constance Hammen, Dorli Burge, Shannon E Daley, Joanne Davila, Nangel Lindberg
Personal Relationships ()


This 1-yr prospective study examined the relationship between social competence and subsequent chronic interpersonal stress using C. Segrin and L. Y. Abramson's (1994) social skills-stress hypothesis in a community sample of 137 late-adolescent females (aged 16-19 yrs). Ss responded to the Interpersonal Competence Questionnaire (D. Buhrmester et al, 1988) and were administered the Chronic Strain Interview (C. L. Hammen, 1991). The study found that self-reported interpersonal competence at initial evaluation predicted a significant proportion of the variance in chronic interpersonal stress 1 yr later, even when prior chronic interpersonal stress and concurrent psychopathology were controlled. Exploratory analyses suggested that deficiencies in the ability to provide emotional support to others may function as a risk factor for the generation of interpersonal stress. Results provide evidence that poor interpersonal skills may function as a mechanism for generating ongoing interpersonal stress in late adolescent females. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2002 APA, all rights reserved)

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