A pilot study of self-esteem as a mediator between family factors and depressive symptoms in a sample of university students

K. Restifo*, J. Akse, N.V. Guzman, C. Benjamins, K. Dick

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The aim of this study was to examine whether self-esteem mediates the relationship between family factors and depressive symptoms in young adults. Participants completed self-report questionnaires about overall family environment, conflict with mother or father, parental rearing, self esteem, and depressive symptoms. Self-esteem was found to mediate the relationship between the combined family factors and depressive symptoms. When examined simultaneously, none of the individual family variables uniquely predicted depressive symptoms or self-esteem. However, separate analysis of each of the three family factors provided evidence for self-esteem mediating the relationship between parental conflict and depressive symptoms, and the relationship between parental care and depressive symptoms. Self-esteem may play a role in the mechanism underlying the link between parent-offspring relationship factors and depressive symptoms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-171
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

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