Low Family Satisfaction and Depression in Adolescence: The Role of Self-Esteem

  •  Vasilis Stavropoulos    
  •  Helen Lazaratou    
  •  Euterpi Marini    
  •  Dimitris Dikeos    


Background: Self-esteem constitutes a pivotal individual characteristic during adolescence, which is intertwined both with family processes and the development of depression. Similarly, adverse family environment has been associated with adolescent depression. Aim: The present study aims to examine the possible contribution of adolescents’ self-esteem to the relationship between family satisfaction and the emergence of depression. Method: The total sample consisted of 1919 high schools students (mean age 16 years old). Depression was assessed with the depression subscale of the Symptom Check List-90, self-esteem with the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and family satisfaction with the Family Satisfaction Scale. Results: Findings revealed significant associations between low self-esteem and depression and low family satisfaction and depression. Additionally, the relationship between low family satisfaction and depression was found to be partially explained by low self-esteem. Results illustrate the significant associations between contextual and individual factors regarding depressive symptoms in adolescence.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1927-0526
  • ISSN(Online): 1927-0534
  • Started: 2011
  • Frequency: semiannual

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