Predictors of Anxiety and Depression in Emerging Adulthood

  • Shelley A. Riggs
  • Gibaeg Han


This study constructed a multifactorial model predicting depression and anxiety symptoms among emerging adults, incorporating broad constructs representing adult attachment style, perceived trauma, self-esteem, and irrational beliefs. In the final structural equation model, attachment avoidance and perceived trauma demonstrated direct and indirect effects, whereas attachment anxiety predicted depression only indirectly through low self-esteem or irrational beliefs, and chronic anxiety. Chronic anxiety played a crucial role in linking low self-esteem and irrational beliefs to depression. The theoretical and clinical implications of the findings are discussed.


Adult attachment Anxiety Depression Emerging adulthood 


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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe University of North TexasDentonUSA

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