The Effects of Self-concept, Proactive Coping, and Depressive Mood on the Self-identity of College Students in Taiwan

Po-Han WU
National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

Wei-Ming LUH
National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan


The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of self-concept, proactive coping, and depressive mood on the self-identity of college juniors. A sample of 25,012 students was used from a Taiwan higher education database. The results showed that: (1) Self-concept had a direct effect on proactive coping and depressive mood. (2) Proactive coping and depressive mood played a mediated role between self- concept and self-identity. (3) Proactive coping influenced depressive mood and self-identity, respectively, and it also had an indirect effect on self-identity through depressive mood. (4) Depressive mood had a negatively direct effect on self-identity. (5) The structural relationship among independent and dependent variables were empirically identified for the proposed model by SEM. Finally, based on the findings, the present study offers some suggestions.

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