Negative Life Events, Self-Perceived Competence, and Depressive Symptoms in Young Adultsedit
Despite consistent support for Cole’s (1990, 1991) competency-based model of depression in children and adolescents, no studies have examined this model in adult samples and few have focused on congruence between domains of self-perceived competence and specific forms of negative life events. Addressing this gap in the current cross-sectional study, we found that forms of self-perceived competence may both moderate and partially mediate the link between negative events and young adults’ current depressive symptoms. Specifically, there was evidence for both the partial mediating and moderating roles of perceived global self-worth and self-perceived scholastic competence. In contrast, perceived social acceptance and negative social events appeared to be independent correlates of depressive symptoms.