USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)

First Advisor

Mark Pezzo, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Second Advisor

Michiko Otsuki, Ph.D Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

Document Type


Date Available

April 2012

Publication Date


Date Issued

April 2008


Crying, the emotional shedding of tears, is most often thought of in response to sad or negative emotional antecedents, and is commonly considered to be of some mental or physical benefit to a person. The present study aims to provide further clarification for the relationship between crying behaviors and mood change after crying moderated by depression and anxiety. Survey data was used to test the hypotheses that the severity of clinical factors would be positively associated with crying indices and that post-crying mood change would be negatively associated. All our research hypotheses were supported. To further explore these relationships, multiple regression analyses were also performed controlling for gender and education as covariates and depression and anxiety as predictors. Specific findings and explanations of results are discussed.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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