Author

Nil Horoz

Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Karen Kochel

Abstract

The present study aimed to examine positive affect, an index of psychological well-being, as a mediator of the association between relationship with mothers and samesex friendship quality among emerging adults. Participants (N=394) were recruited from two small liberal arts colleges on the east coast of the United States. To be included in the study, participants needed to be the same sex, attend the same university and have been friends for at least four months. I hypothesized that positive affect was one possible pathway through which relationship with mothers predict same-sex friendship quality among emerging adults. Results replicated previous research and suggested that there was an association between relationship with mothers and friendship quality. Findings also extended the literature by suggesting that positive affect is one possible pathway through which relationships with mothers predict same-sex friendship quality among emerging adults. Results highlighted the significance of having positive relationships with mothers in order to enhance and maintain positive psychological well-being as well as same-sex friendship quality.

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