Dynamic Associations of Parent–Adolescent Closeness and Friend Support With Adolescent Depressive Symptoms Across Ages 12–19

Citation

Mak, Hio Wa; Fosco, Gregory M.; & Lanza, Stephanie T. (2020). Dynamic Associations of Parent–Adolescent Closeness and Friend Support With Adolescent Depressive Symptoms Across Ages 12–19. Journal of Research on Adolescence.

Abstract

Supportive relationships with parents and friends reduce adolescent risk for depression; however, whether and how the strength of these associations changes across adolescence remains less clear. Age-varying associations of mother–adolescent and father–adolescent closeness and friend support with depressive symptoms were examined across ages 12.5–19.5 using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (N = 4,819). Positive relationships with mothers, fathers, and friends were associated with lower depressive symptoms across adolescence, and the associations were generally stable across age. The association between father–adolescent closeness and depressive symptoms was stronger for girls than for boys during mid-adolescence. Mother–adolescent closeness was more strongly negatively associated with depressive symptoms in the context of higher friend support during mid-adolescence.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1111/jora.12597

Keyword(s)

Depression

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Journal of Research on Adolescence

Author(s)

Mak, Hio Wa
Fosco, Gregory M.
Lanza, Stephanie T.

Year Published

2020

ISSN/ISBN

1050-8392

DOI

10.1111/jora.12597

Reference ID

5999