Date of Award

Spring 4-2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts - Psychology



First Advisor

Dr. Nathan Sparkman

Second Advisor

Dr. Sylvia Middlebrook

Third Advisor

Dr. Sarah Savoy

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Luis Aguerrevere


Introduction: In general populations, schizotypy and depressive symptoms may be present at sub-clinical levels. Previous research has shown that schizotypy may negatively associate with underlying factors of health promotion. Furthermore, depressive symptoms have also been shown to negatively correlate with underlying factors of health promotion. Method: Undergraduate students and Mturk users were asked to complete an online questionnaire consisting of surveys measuring schizotypy, depressive symptoms and health promotion. Results: A meditation model showed a significant negative indirect effect of schizotypy through depressive symptoms on health promotion. Additionally, schizotypy positively predicted health promotion when depressive symptoms were controlled. Discussion: Results support previous research that depressive symptoms may act to nullify positive outcomes, or worsen negative outcomes associated with schizotypy. This suggests that interventions that target depressive symptoms may be more effective on health outcomes when a person presents with high schizotypy, and may lead to a positive health promoting lifestyle.

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