Social skills, psychological well-being, and the mediating role of perceived stress

Chris Segrin, Alesia Hanzal, Carolyn Donnerstein, Melissa Taylor, Tricia J. Domschke

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Social skills were predicted to be associated with two indicators of psychological well-being: reduced symptoms of depression and life-satisfaction. Social skills were also predicted to be associated with a reduction in the experience of stress. This reduced stress experience was hypothesized to explain the social skills-well-being association. These predictions were tested in a sample of 500 university students who provided self-reports of social skills, well-being (depression and life satisfaction), and stress. Results supported the hypothesized relationship between social skills and greater well-being, as well as social skills and lower levels of perceived stress. The lower perceptions of stress that accompany higher levels of social skills mediated the association between social skills and depression as well as life satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-329
Number of pages9
JournalAnxiety, Stress and Coping
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2007


  • Depression
  • Life satisfaction
  • Social skills
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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