Thesis Title: Rejection Sensitivity, Self-Esteem, and Social Adjustment in Mothers Having Only Daughters
Author Name: Tehreem Iftikhar
Supervisor: Shamim Rafique & Farah Malik
Department: Institute of Applied Psychology
University: Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 92-42-9231245
The current research was designed to investigate the relationship between rejection sensitivity, self-esteem, and social adjustment in mothers having only daughters. The data was collection from (N = 120) mothers having only daughters. It was hypothesized that (a) there is likely to be a negative relationship between rejection sensitivity, self-esteem, and social adjustment in mothers having only daughters, (b) there is likely to be a moderating role of self-esteem between rejection sensitivity and social adjustment in mothers having only daughters. Further it was hypothesized that there is likely to be a difference in rejection sensitivity, self-esteem, and social adjustment in mothers having only daughters, living in nuclear and joint family system and between working and non-working mothers. Cross sectional correlation research design was used. Snowball sampling strategy was used to collect date from the participants. The Rejection Sensitivity Questionnaire, adult version (A-RSQ) (Downey and Feldmen, 2006), The Rifai Self-Esteem Scale (Rifai, 1999) and The Social Adjustment Scale (Bell, 1934) was used as assessment measures. Descriptive statistics, Pearson Product Moment Correlation, Independent sample t-test and Moderation through Hierarchical Regression were used to analyze the data. The results revealed that self-esteem and social adjustment are positively correlated with each other whereas rejection sensitivity did not show relationship with self-esteem and social adjustment. A significant difference of job status was found regarding self-esteem, self-acceptance, and self-competence. Moreover, the findings showed that self-esteem did not play a moderating role between rejection sensitivity and social adjustment. The findings have practical implications for the mother, marriage counselors and clinicians.
Rejection sensitivity, self-esteem, social adjustment.