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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Depression and social cohesion: Is there a connection?
by Anukul, Chanida, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 44; 1591589
Abstract (Summary)

Depression is a serious disability around the world that can cause harm to a person's physical and mental well-being. Little research has been done on the effects of social cohesion on depression. This study used a cross-sectional descriptive survey design to analyze a sample from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) to determine whether or not there was a relationship between how often a person feels depressed and social cohesion factors: (1) willingness of people in the neighborhood to help each other, (2) trust in people in the neighborhood and (3) doing volunteer work or community service in the past year.

Using, Chi-square analysis, it was determined that these three social cohesion variables showed a significant relationship with how often a person feels depressed. Having substantial social networks may act as protective barriers to stress, fear, and lack of control. These protections have positive impacts on depression and depressive symptoms.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Acosta-Deprez, Veronica
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Social psychology, Clinical psychology
Publication Number: 1591589
ISBN: 978-1-321-83386-7
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