Optimism, social support, and premenstrual dysphoria

Kevin R. Fontaine, Anne Seal

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The relationships between dispositional optimism, social support, and mood and performance symptoms associated with the premenstrum were examined in a sample of 101 adult women. Optimism and satisfaction with one's level of social support were positively correlated. Optimism was related inversely to mood-related symptoms, even after controlling for the effects of social support Optimism did not correlate with premenstrual performance impairment. Social support did not correlate with any premenstrual symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-247
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology


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