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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 273-277

Hopelessness during emerging adulthood: Contributions of anxiety


Centre for Health Psychology, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Correspondence Address:
Suvashisa Rana
Centre for Health Psychology, University of Hyderabad, Central University Campus P.O., Gachibowli, Hyderabad - 500 046, Telangana
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2278-344X.143074

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Context: During emerging adulthood, a person takes on several roles and needs to cope up with psychosocial challenges that are connected to an autonomous personal life. Hence, anxiety and its repercussions, though common in this phase, yet may produce a detrimental effect in their life. Aims: The objective of the study was to examine the contributions of anxiety to hopelessness of emerging adults during their transitional phase from late adolescence to adulthood. Settings and Design: The study involved a correlational design where anxiety, academic difficulty, age, and gender were predictors and hopelessness was the criterion. Materials and Methods: One hundred fifty university students, both men and women, in their emerging adulthood were selected, of which 132 completed the Institute of Personality and Ability Testing Anxiety scale, Beck's Hopelessness scale, and a single-item measuring the presence or absence of academic difficulty. These instruments were administered individually along with demographic details. Statistical Analysis Used: The data were analyzed by means of descriptive statistics, Pearson's product-moment correlations, simple and multiple linear regression analyses. Results: The results revealed that the anxiety along with academic difficulty and gender was found to contribute individually to hopelessness, whereas age was not. A significant combined contribution of anxiety, academic difficulty, and gender to hopelessness was observed. Of the five dimensions of anxiety, low self-control and tension were found to be significant predictors of hopelessness. Conclusions: Findings could be useful for screening the vulnerable persons, and also helpful in designing psychosocial intervention for promoting positive health.


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