I feel like a fraud and it depresses me: The relation between the imposter phenomenon and depression

Loretta Neal McGregor1, Damon E. Gee2, K. Elizabeth Posey3
1Arkansas State University
2University of Texas at Dallas
3University of Arkansas
Cite this article:  Neal McGregor, L., Gee, D., & Posey, K. (2008). I feel like a fraud and it depresses me: The relation between the imposter phenomenon and depression. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 36, 43-48.

Volume 36 Issue 1 | e1683 | Published: February 2008 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2008.36.1.43

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Are the negative thought patterns and self-doubt associated with the Imposter Phenomenon similar to the negative thought patterns and self-doubt that many individuals who have mild depression experience? If so, it is reasonable to believe that a relation between depression and the Imposter Phenomenon (IP) exists. The relation between the IP and depression among college students was examined. Results of a Pearson product-moment correlation yielded a positive correlation between the IP and BDI-II scores. Additionally, a Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) using the IP scores and BDI scores as the dependent variables, with sex serving as the independent variable, revealed that men and women differ significantly on the combined dependent variables of IP and BDI scores. More specifically, the main effect between sex and IP score indicates that women have higher IP scores than men. However, the effect between sex and BDI was not statistically significant. Lastly, the implications of these findings are discussed.
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