Home WakeSpace Scholarship › Electronic Theses and Dissertations

HOW DOES PERCEIVED SOCIAL STATUS INFLUENCE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING?

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Item Files

Item Details

title
HOW DOES PERCEIVED SOCIAL STATUS INFLUENCE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING?
author
Wu, Keyu
abstract
Correlational relationships have been established between subjective social status (SSS)and health/well-being in adults, but it is unknown if this association is causal in college students. The present study aims to understand how a temporary shift in SSS affects college students’ health and well-being. Two hundred and eighty-five college students (Mage = 19.1, SDage = 1.03; 64% women; 65% White) were randomly assigned to a low SSS or high SSS condition. SSS was manipulated using a procedure adapted from Jackson et al. (2011). Emotions, health perceptions, happiness, intent to exercise, and empathy were assessed via self-report. Results suggested that the manipulation did not yield significant differences between high and low status participants on any of the primary dependent variables. Correlational analysis found associations between SSS at the national level and positive emotion, happiness, and perspective taking. Exploratory analyses of ruminative coping in participants’ open-ended responses to the manipulation replicated past findings in that low status participants were high in ruminative coping Results have implications for understanding the nuances of manipulating SSS. Limitations and future directions are discussed.
contributor
Brady, Shannon T. (committee chair)
Greene, Heath L. (committee member)
Stetler, Cinnamon A. (committee member)
date
2022-05-24T08:36:15Z (accessioned)
2022-05-24T08:36:15Z (available)
2022 (issued)
degree
Psychology (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/100777 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
type
Thesis

Usage Statistics