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Psychological Reactance in College Students: Family-of-Origin Predictors
Journal of Counseling and Development (2003)
  • Walter C. Buboltz Jr., Louisiana Tech University
  • Patrick Johnson, Portland State University
  • Kevin M.P. Woller, Louisiana Tech University
This study examined the relationship between psychological reactance and dimensions of functioning in the family of origin. Psychological reactance is the tendency to exhibit resistance in relation to one's freedoms being restricted. Three hundred par ticipants completed the Therapeutic Reactance Scale (E. T. Dowd, C. R. Milne, & S. L. Wise, 1991), the Family Environment Scale (R. H. Moos & B. S. Moos, 1986), and demographic questions. Results showed that 5 family dimensions (i.e., cohesion, conflict, moral-religious emphasis, independence, and achievement orientation) significantly predicted psychological reactance. Results also showed that college students from divorced families were more psychologically reactant than students from intact families. Implications of these results for counselors and for future researchers are provided.
  • Counseling -- Research -- Case studies,
  • Psychological reactance,
  • Family therapists -- Family relationships
Publication Date
July, 2003
Publisher Statement
Copyright (2003) Wiley
Citation Information
Walter C. Buboltz Jr., Patrick Johnson and Kevin M.P. Woller. "Psychological Reactance in College Students: Family-of-Origin Predictors" Journal of Counseling and Development Vol. 81 Iss. 3 (2003) p. 311 - 317
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