Negative Affect and the Reporting of Physical Symptoms Among College Students

Randall S. Jorgensen, C. Steven Richards

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This study examined relations between negative affect and the reporting of physical symptoms for a group of college students by empirically deriving, through cluster analyses, two profiles that differed in their levels of trait anxiety, trait anger, and depressive symptoms, and then evaluating differences in symptom reporting between these two profiles. Analyses revealed that persons with an elevated profile of negative affect reported being bothered by physical complaints statistically more often than those persons with the converse profile. Additional analyses indicated that the relation between levels of negative affect and physical complaints was mediated by trait anxiety. Physical symptom reporting is discussed in the context of its being a possible correlate of neuroticism. The mediating role of anxiety and implications for counseling are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)501-504
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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