Parental rejection and mental health problems in college students: Mediating role of interpersonal difficulties

Sadia Saleem, Ayesha Asghar, Sara Subhan, Zahid Mahmood

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College students are said to have an increasing trend of mental health problems that lead to various negative academic, personal and social outcomes. The current study aimed to determine the mediating role of interpersonal difficulties between parental rejection and mental health problems of college students. A total of 321 college students selected through purposive sampling aged 15to 20 years provided self-report data on EMBU-A (Gerlsma, Arrindell, Van der Veen, & Emmelkamp, 1991), Urdu version of Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS; Aslam, 2007) and Interpersonal Difficulties Scale (IDS; Saleem, Ihsan, & Mahmood, 2014). Pearson Correlation was used to ensure that parental rejection, mental health problems and interpersonal difficulties are related. Results of path analysis revealed that parental rejection has an indirect effect on mental health through interpersonal difficulties. Implications for counselling services are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)639-653
Number of pages15
JournalPakistan Journal of Psychological Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Interpersonal difficulties and college students
  • Mental health
  • Parenting

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