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Adult Relationships in Multiple Contexts and Associations With Adolescent Mental Health

2016

Adult Relationships in Multiple Contexts and Associations With Adolescent Mental Health

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Adult relationships provide critical support for adolescents because of their potential to foster positive development and provide protective influences. Few studies examine multiple ecological layers of adult relationships in connection with wellbeing and depression. This study examines the influence of relationships from multiple contexts for adolescents and their mental health.Method: Data from the 2011 California Healthy Kids Survey was used for this analysis; a sample of 7th-, 9th-, and 11th-grade students (n = 14,931) was drawn from six school districts in Southern California.Results: Regression analyses revealed that parent, teacher, and community adult support were all significantly positively associated with wellbeing and significantly negatively associated with depression.Discussion: Social support explained more variance in wellbeing than in depression, indicating that adult support may be more important for supporting wellbeing. This study supports the belief that individual categories and combinations of adult support are important.

Capp, G., Berkowitz, R., Sullivan, K., Astor, R.A., De Pedro, K., Gilreath, T.D., Benbenishty, R. & Rice, E. (2016). Adult relationships in multiple contexts and associations with adolescent mental health. Research on Social Work Practice, 1-8. DOI:10.1177/1049731515624967. Retrieved from http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1049731515624967

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