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Collective Relationships Among Gender, Relational Victimization, Rejection Sensitivity, and Depression in College Students

27 July 2007


In the present study, collective relationships among gender, relational victimization, rejection sensitivity, and depression were examined in undergraduate college students at a small liberal arts college in the Pacific Northwest. Participants were 110 college students aged 18 years and older who completed the Beck Depression Inventory-Second Edition (BDI-II; Beck, Steer, & Brown, 1996), the Direct and Indirect Prisoner Behavior Checklist-Revised (DIPC-R; Ireland, 2002), and the Rejection Sensitivity Questionnaire (RSQ; Downey & Feldman, 1996). Results suggest that gender (being female), experiencing high levels of relational victimization, and being highly sensitive to rejection by others are predictive ofleve1 of depression. Women reported higher levels of depression and rej ection sensitivity than men. Suggestions for future research are provided. ii


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