Social Networks and Developmental Psychopathology. A Comparison of Adolescent Children of a Depressed, Arthritic, or Normal Parent

Barton J. Hirsch*, Thomas M. Reischl

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Abstract

The present study investigated how social networks were linked to symptomatology and self-esteem among three groups of high-risk and normal adolescents: 16 adolescent children of a depressed parent, 16 adolescent children of a parent with rheumatoid arthritis, and 16 adolescent children of parents free from psychological or physical disorder. Although there were few between-group differences in mean levels of network variables, there were striking between-group differences in the pattern of associations between network variables and mental health. For adolescent children of a depressed or arthritic parent, more social support for problematic situations, stronger friendships, and more parent-peer linkages were related to much poorer adjustment. For adolescent children of disorder-free parents, these same network variables were related to much healthier adjustment. The discussion considers how developmental, psychodynamic, and social-structural factors may interact to affect well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)272-281
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of abnormal psychology
Volume94
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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