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    • Lightsey, O. R., Jr., Boyraz, G., Ervin, A., Rarey, E. B., Gharibian Gharghani, G., & Maxwell, D. (2014). Generalized self-efficacy, positive cognitions, and negative cognitions as mediators of the relationship between conscientiousness and meaning in life. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science / Revue canadienne des sciences du comportement, 46, 436-445.
    • Boyraz, G., Lightsey, O. R., Jr., & Can, A. (2013). The Turkish version of the Meaning in Life Questionnaire: Assessing the measurement invariance across Turkish and American adult samples. Journal of Personality Assessment, doi: 10.1080/00223891.2013.765882
    • Wang, M., Lightsey, O., Tran, K., & Bonaparte, T. (2013). Examining suicide protective factors among Black college students. Death Studies, 37, 228-247. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2011.623215
    • Lightsey, O. R., Jr., McGhee, R., Ervin, A., Gharibian Gharghani, G., Rarey, E. B., Daigle, R. P., Wright, K. F., Constantin, D., & Powell, K. (2013). Self-efficacy for affect regulation as a predictor of future life satisfaction and moderator of the negative affect-life satisfaction relationship. Journal of Happiness Studies, 14, 115-134. doi: 10.1007/s10902-011-9312-4
    • Lightsey, O.R., Jr., Gharibian Gharghani, G., Katz, A., Rarey, E. B., & McKinney, V. A. (2013). Positive automatic cognitions mediate the relationship between personality and trait positive affect. Journal of Happiness Studies, 14, 115-134. doi: 10.1007/s10902-011-9319-x
    • Boyraz, G., & Lightsey, O. R. Jr. (2012). Can positive thinking help? Positive automatic thoughts as moderators of the stress-meaning relationship. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82, 267-277. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2012.01150.x

    • Lightsey, O. R., Jr., Johnson, E., & Freeman, P. (2012). Can positive thinking reduce negative affect? A test of potential mediating mechanisms. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 26, 71-88. doi: 10.1891/0889-8391.26.1.71
    • Lightsey, O.R., Jr., & Boyraz, G. (2011). Do positive thinking and meaning mediate the positive affect-life satisfaction relationship? Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 43, 203-213.
    • Lightsey, O. R. Jr., Maxwell, D. A., Nash, T. M., Rarey, E. B., & McKinney, V. A. (2011). Self-control and self-efficacy for affect regulation as moderators of the negative affect-life satisfaction relationship. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 25, 142-154. doi: 10.1891/0889-8391.25.2.142
    • Lightsey, O. R., Jr., Wells, A. G., Wang, M., Pietruszka, T., Ciftci, A., & Stancil, B. (2009). Emotion-oriented coping, avoidance coping, and fear of pain as mediators of the relationship between positive affect, negative affect and pain-related distress among Black and White college women. The Counseling Psychologist, 37, 116-146.
    • Lightsey, O. R., Jr., & Sweeney, J. (2008). Meaning in life, emotion-oriented coping, generalized self-efficacy, and family cohesion as predictors of family satisfaction among mothers of children with disabilities. The Family Journal, 16, 212-221.    
    • Dahlbeck, D., & Lightsey, O. R., Jr. (co-first authors) (2008). Generalized self-efficacy, coping, and self-esteem as predictors of psychological adjustment among children with disabilities or chronic illnesses. Children's Health Care, 37, 293-315. 
    •  Lightsey (2008). Hardiness and happiness. In F. L. Leong (Editor) Encyclopedia of Counseling, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
    • Peck, L. D., & Lightsey, O. R., Jr. (2008). The eating disorders continuum, self-esteem, and perfectionism. Journal of Counseling and Development, 86, 184-192.    
    • Lightsey, O. R. Jr., & Barnes, P. W. (co-first authors) (2007). Discrimination, attributional tendencies, generalized self-efficacy, and assertiveness as predictors of psychological distress among African Americans. Journal of Black Psychology, 33, 27-50.
    • Wang, M., Lightsey, O. R., Jr., Pietruszka, T., Uruk, A. C., & Wells, A. G. (2007). Purpose in life and reasons for living as mediators of the relationship between stress, coping, and suicidal behavior. Journal of Positive Psychology, 2, 195-204. 
    • Lightsey, O. R., Jr., Burke, M., Ervin, A., Henderson, D., & Yee, C. (2006). Generalized self-efficacy, self-esteem, and negative affect. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 38, 72-80. 
    • Lightsey, O. R., Jr. (2006). Resilience, meaning, and well-being. The Counseling Psychologist, 34, 96-107. 
    • Harris, P. R., & Lightsey, O. R., Jr. (2005). Constructive thinking as a mediator of the relationship between extraversion, neuroticism, and subjective well-being. European Journal of Personality, 19, 409-426. 
    • Barnes, P. W., & Lightsey, O. R., Jr. (2005). Perceived Racist Discrimination, coping, stress, and life satisfaction. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 33, 48-61.  
    • Francis-Fischer, J., & Lightsey, O. R. Jr. (2003). Parenthood after primary infertility. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 11, 117-128.  
    • Lightsey, O. R., Jr., & Hulsey, D. (2002). Gambling, self control, and dysphoria in a college student population. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 49, 202-211.   
    • Rice, D. & Lightsey, O. R., Jr. (2001). Freshman living learning community: Relationship to academic success and affective development. The Journal of College and University Student Housing, 30, 11-17.   
    • Waldrop, D., Lightsey, O. R., Jr., Ethington, C. A., Woemmel, C. A., & Coke, A. L. (2001). Self-efficacy, optimism, health competence, and recovery from orthopedic surgery. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 48, 233-238.  
    • Collins, K. W., & Lightsey, O. R., Jr. (2001). Racial identity, generalized self-efficacy and self-esteem: A pilot study of a mediation model for African American Women. Journal of Black Psychology, 27, 272-287.
    • Lightsey, O. R., Jr. (1999). Positive thoughts versus states of mind ratio as a stress moderator: Findings across four studies. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 23, 469-482.  
    • Lightsey, O. R., Jr. (1997). Stress buffers and dysphoria: A prospective study. The Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 11, 263-277.  
    • Lightsey, O. R., Jr. (1997). The Role of Psychological Resources in Well-Being: A reply. The Counseling Psychologist, 25, 699-705.   
    • Lightsey, O. R., Jr. (1997). Generalized self-efficacy expectancies, optimism and growth group outcomes. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 22, 189-202.  
    • Lightsey, O. R., Jr., & Christopher, J. C. (1997). Stress buffers and dysphoria in a NonWestern population. Journal of Counseling and Development, 7, 451-459.  
    • Lightsey, O. R., Jr. (1996). What leads to wellness? The role of psychological resources in well-being. The Counseling Psychologist, 24, 589-735.  
    • Lightsey, O. R., Jr. (1994). "Thinking Positive" as a stress-buffer: The role of positive automatic cognitions in depression and happiness. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 41, 325-334.
    • Lightsey, O. R., Jr. (1994). Positive automatic cognitions as moderators of the negative life event--dysphoria relationship. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 18, 353-365.  
    • Hill, C. E., Corbett, M. M., Kanitz, B., Rios, P., Lightsey, R., & Gomez, M. (1992). Client behavior in counseling and therapy sessions: Development of a pantheoretical measure. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 39, 539-549.  
    • Devlin, R. J., Klinger, J. H., Lightsey, O. R., Jr., Marshall, G. M., & Price, A. W. (1984). The adult special education student in a state correctional system: A profile. Journal of Correctional Education, 35, 47-48.  

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