Do friends' co-rumination and communication with parents prevent depressed adolescents from self-harm?
2015 (English)In: Journal of applied developmental psychology, ISSN 0193-3973, E-ISSN 1873-7900, Vol. 41, 120-128 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
This study examines the role of both ease of communication with parents and co-rumination with one's best friend in the link between depressive symptoms and self-harm in a sample of Italian adolescents. Furthermore, it analyzes the possible differences between boys and girls in this link. Questionnaires were administered at a six-month interval at 711 adolescents attending three different schools (M-age = 15.53). Moderation and multiple-group analyses were conducted using a path approach. Results showed both ease of communication with parents and co-rumination with one's best friend decreasing the likelihood of engaging in self-harm. Depressed adolescents were less likely to develop self-harm when they perceived communication with parents as easy. Multiple-group analysis verified this relation only for girls. The findings highlight the importance of interpersonal relationships in decreasing the likelihood of engaging in self-harm, and stress the role of a positive family setting in helping particularly depressed girls not to self-harm.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 41, 120-128 p.
Self-harm, Adolescence, Communication with parents, Co-rumination with best friend, Depressive symptoms
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-272304DOI: 10.1016/j.appdev.2015.10.001ISI: 000366078700013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-272304DiVA: diva2:894186