Female Adolescents' Social Support: Associations With Anxiety and Depression

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6,7
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. describe the essential role of social support in the lives of female adolescents.
  2. learn introductory information concerning how to utilize latent profile analysis, a tool for classifying individuals, in identifying patterns of social support across key sources.
  3. provide implications for prevention and intervention for female adolescents who may lack social support from key sources in their lives.


In response to promising findings regarding social support, the current study is the first to investigate the existence of social support profiles in student populations and their role in the onset of internalizing problems. This poster presentation will explore associations in relation to social support profiles that emerge within the sample as well as how these profiles moderate the relationship between levels of social support and depression and anxiety symptomology.



Kathleen Kelly, Northern Illinois University
Christine K. Malecki, Northern Illinois University


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