Prospective relations between social support and depression: differential direction of effects for parent and peer support?

  • Ragan J
  • Randall P
  • Stice E
  • 1


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • N/A


    Citations of this article.


The authors tested whether deficits in perceived social support predicted subsequent increases in depression and whether depression predicted subsequent decreases in social support with longitudinal data from adolescent girls (N = 496). Deficits in parental support but not peer support predicted future increases in depressive symptoms and onset of major depression. In contrast, initial depressive symptoms and major depression predicted future decreases in peer support but not parental support. Results are consistent with the theory that support decreases the risk for depression but suggest that this effect may be specific to parental support during early adolescence. Results are also consonant with the claim that depression promotes support erosion but imply that this effect may only occur with peer support during this period. (Original abstract)Record 42 of 55

Author-supplied keywords

  • 12.10.10
  • Adolescence
  • Adolescent girls
  • Depression
  • Parental support
  • Peer relationships
  • Perceived social support
  • Social support
  • Symptoms
  • USA
  • peer support

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document

There are no full text links


  • Jennifer Ragan

  • Patrick Randall

  • Eric Stice

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free