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Title: Victimization and depression in Hong Kong adolescents: the effects of social support
Authors: Cheung, Chiu Chung
Department: Department of Applied Social Studies
Discipline: Social / Cognitive Psychology
Issue Date: 2006
Supervisor: Dr. Cheng Sheung Tak
Subjects: Depression
Social support
Gender difference
Abstract: Objectives: The study examined the relationship between depression and victimization (overt and relational), the buffering effect of social support, and the gender differences toward victimization among Hong Kong adolescents. Methods: Seven hundred and twelve boys and girls (aged 12 to 20) completed questionnaires that assess their level of depression, social support, and social experience. Results: The results indicated that both overt and relational victimization were strongly associated with depressive symptoms. Low parental, but not friends support, also increased depressive symptoms. However, contrary to expectation, no buffering effect of social support was found. Inconsistent with Western research, boys were found to report more relational victimization than girls. Discussion: The results suggest that reduction in victimization is important for preventing psychological problems. Schools and policies should concern and prevent the problem by promoting awareness about victimization and encouraging adolescents to seek for help.
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