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12-08-2018 | Original Paper | Uitgave 12/2018

Journal of Child and Family Studies 12/2018

Family Allocentrism and Adolescent Depressive Symptoms: The Role of Self-Identity Style

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Journal of Child and Family Studies > Uitgave 12/2018
Auteurs:
Jian-Bin Li, Elisa Delvecchio, Adriana Lis, Claudia Mazzeschi

Abstract

Recent research has found that a strong family allocentrism relates to reduced adolescent depressive symptoms. Besides providing continuous support for this relation, this research extended the scope by exploring whether there was a U-shaped association between family allocentrism and depressive symptoms and testing the mediation effect of identity style among Italian adolescents (N = 387, 183 boys, 204 girls, Mage = 16.38 years). Result of hierarchical regression model showed that the association between family allocentrism and depressive symptoms was linear rather than U-shaped. More importantly, this linear relation was mediated by normative and diffuse-avoidant style. In sum, the current findings suggest that adolescents who are allocentric toward family tend to follow family members’ expectations to establish self-identity and deal with identity issues more proactively, and thus they are less likely to experience depressive symptoms. Moreover, there is no significant evidence that too much family allocentrism would lead to elevated depressive symptoms.

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