Emotional autonomy, the family environment and adolescent depression

Truong, Elizabeth T. (2003). Emotional autonomy, the family environment and adolescent depression PhD Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

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Author Truong, Elizabeth T.
Thesis Title Emotional autonomy, the family environment and adolescent depression
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2003
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Prof. Susan Spence
Total pages 96
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Formatted abstract
The development of emotional autonomy is a major task of adolescence. Research on the consequences of emotional autonomy for adolescents has been largely inconsistent. Some studies suggest that high emotional autonomy in adolescence is associated with favourable psychological outcomes where as the findings of other studies suggest the opposite. The purpose of this study was to examine whether emotional autonomy would be related to depression in adolescents, and to clarify the interrelationships between emotional autonomy and various family environments in determining adolescent depression. The sample consisted of 46 adolescents (23 depressed, 23 non-clinical) and their parents. Depressed adolescents reported higher levels of emotional autonomy than non-clinical adolescents. Depressed adolescents were more likely to live in families in which parents reported greater levels of parental expressed emotion, and maladaptive levels of cohesion and adaptability compared to non-clinical adolescents. There was no evidence to suggest that family environment influences the relationship between emotional autonomy and depression. Also, emotional autonomy did not mediate the relationship between family environment factors and depression. This study has made an important contribution to the understanding of emotional autonomy as a cognitive risk factor for depression, as well as, to how family environment factors relate to depression in adolescents.
Keyword Teenagers -- Conduct of life

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