Early maladaptive schemas as predictors of interpersonal orientation and peer connectedness in university students

Gyesook Yoo1, Ju Hee Park2, Hey Jung Jun2
1Department of Child and Family Studies, Kyung Hee University, Republic of Korea
2Department of Child and Family Studies, Yonsei University, Republic of Korea
Cite this article:  Yoo, G., Park, J., & Jun, H. (2014). Early maladaptive schemas as predictors of interpersonal orientation and peer connectedness in university students. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 42, 1377-1394.

Volume 42 Issue 8 | e3816 | Published: September 2014 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2014.42.8.1377

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In this study we examined whether or not early maladaptive schemas regarding disconnection and rejection influenced peer connectedness of university students in emerging adulthood. We also investigated the mediating role of interpersonal orientation on these relationships. The participants were 304 students at universities in Korea, aged between 18 and 25 years. Results of structural equation modeling demonstrated that the defectiveness/shame schema had an indirect, negative effect on peer connectedness via interpersonal orientation, and the abandonment/instability schema had an indirect, positive influence on peer connectedness. The social isolation/alienation schema negatively and directly affected peer connectedness. Our findings suggest that when a sense of disconnection and rejection develops during childhood and adolescence, individuals show a relatively stable tendency to either avoid or overvalue interpersonal relationships. This may lead to difficulties in establishing peer relationships in emerging adulthood.

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