The relationship between social capital and depression during the transition to adulthood

O'Connor, Meredith, Hawkins, Mary T., Toumbourou, John W., Sanson, Ann, Letcher, Primrose and Olsson, Craig A. 2011, The relationship between social capital and depression during the transition to adulthood, Australian journal of psychology, vol. 63, no. 1, pp. 26-35, doi: 10.1111/j.1742-9536.2011.00004.x.

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Title The relationship between social capital and depression during the transition to adulthood
Author(s) O'Connor, Meredith
Hawkins, Mary T.
Toumbourou, John W.ORCID iD for Toumbourou, John W.
Sanson, Ann
Letcher, Primrose
Olsson, Craig A.ORCID iD for Olsson, Craig A.
Journal name Australian journal of psychology
Volume number 63
Issue number 1
Start page 26
End page 35
Total pages 10
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011-03
ISSN 0004-9530
Keyword(s) civic engagement
emerging adulthood
political trust
social capital
social trust
Summary Relatively high levels of depression are observed during the transition to adulthood. Hence, it is important to identify the factors that can reduce the incidence of depression at this time. Social capital is theorised to protect against depression by providing greater access to support and psychological resources. Social capital incorporates both interpersonal relationships and broader community-level factors. However, most research has focused on the influence of relationships with parents and peers in the development of depression in young people, with little attention given to the role of broader social capital factors relating to perceptions of and engagement with the wider community. Drawing on longitudinal data from the Australian Temperament Project (ATP), this article examines the effects of close interpersonal relationships (with parents and peers) and broader, community-level aspects of social capital (trust and civic engagement) on depression during the transition to adulthood. Using hierarchical multiple regression, alienation from peers was found to predict higher depression, whereas good communication with peers was associated with a reduction of depressive symptoms. After controlling for the effects of close interpersonal relationships, trust in authorities and organisations made a significant contribution to the prediction of lower depression. Implications for intervention are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1742-9536.2011.00004.x
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, The Australian Psychological Society
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