Social network status and depression among adolescents: An examination of social network influences and depressive symptoms in a Chinese sample

Janet Okamoto, C. Anderson Johnson, Adam Leventhal, Joel Milam, Mary Ann Pentz, David Schwartz, Thomas W. Valente

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Examination of social networks may provide some insight into the role of peers in the vulnerability of some adolescents to depression. Social network data was incorporated into multilevel models of depressive symptoms from a large sample of Chinese adolescents. Being nominated as a friend was more important than being nominated as most liked. Network centrality was associated with depression. The risk of depression for those who were marginal members of classroom social networks was substantial. These findings suggest that a social network perspective could help to increase the effectiveness of programs aimed at preventing adolescent depression. Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-88
Number of pages22
JournalResearch in Human Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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