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The present study examined the influence of relationship contingent self-worth on happiness, well-being, self-esteem, and depression in African American college students. Previous studies have suggested that a person’s self-esteem is linked to relationship satisfaction. Eight hundred and twenty-four college students at a historically black university voluntarily participated in the study. The participants completed five scales including the Relationship Contingent Self-Worth Scale and Ryff ’s Scale of Psychological Well-Being. Findings from the study revealed participants with high levels of well-being have a psychologically healthy relationship contingent self-worth. Depression was not a significant predictor of relationship contingent self-worth. These findings suggest future research should be conducted to identify personal and cultural factors that contribute to healthy relationships.