This study examined the direct and interactive effects of appraised stress and dispositional optimism in predicting symptoms of depression and anxiety among college students. Consistent with a stress-buffering hypothesis, the results suggest that students' appraised stress, depressive symptoms, and anxiety are moderated by optimism. The utility of this research for reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety among students rests on the modifiability of appraised stress by the promotion of an adaptive, future-…
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