Family and peer social support as specific correlates of adolescent depressive symptoms

Manuel Barrera, Carolynne Garrison-Jones

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

153 Scopus citations


Depression models that emphasize the social environment have not been tested with adolescents and their specificity to depressive symptoms has not been demonstrated In a study of 94 adolescent inpatients, distinctions were drawn between family and peer support to determine if these sources of support were differentially related to depression symptoms. Step-down multivariate multipleregression analyses showed that depression symptoms were uniquely predicted by social relationship variables after accounting for the effects of anxiety and conduct disorder symptoms. Depression was negatively related to family and paternal support, but it was positively related to peer support. Furthermore, family and paternal support interacted with peer support in the prediction of depression. The results are consistent with the assertion that disturbances in important supportive attachments have special significance for the experience of depressive symptoms by adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


Dive into the research topics of 'Family and peer social support as specific correlates of adolescent depressive symptoms'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this