Personality moderators of reactions to interpersonal rejection: Depression and trait self-esteem


Journal Article

Two experiments were conducted to examine the moderating effects of depression and trait self-esteem on reactions to social exclusion. Participants received information indicating that they had been included in or excluded from a laboratory group and that their inclusion or exclusion was based either on the other group members' preferences or on a random procedure. Participants who scored high in depression (Experiment 1) and low in self-esteem (Experiment 2) responded more strongly (and logically) to the experimental manipulations than participants low in depression and high in self-esteem. The results suggested that depression and low self-esteem place people at risk for dysphoria and self-devaluation following interpersonal rejection.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Nezlek, JB; Kowalski, RM; Leary, MR; Blevins, T; Holgate, S

Published Date

  • January 1, 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 1235 - 1244

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0146-1672

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/01461672972312001

Citation Source

  • Scopus