Social Network Status and Depression Among Adolescents: An Examination of Social Network Influences and Depressive Symptoms in a Chinese Sample

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Community and Global Health (CGU)

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Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry and Psychology | Psychological Phenomena and Processes | Social Psychology


Examination of social networks may provide some insight into the role of peers in the vulnerability of some adolescents to depression. Social network data was incorporated into multilevel models of depressive symptoms from a large sample of Chinese adolescents. Being nominated as a friend was more important than being nominated as most liked. Network centrality was associated with depression. The risk of depression for those who were marginal members of classroom social networks was substantial. These findings suggest that a social network perspective could help to increase the effectiveness of programs aimed at preventing adolescent depression.

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