A Meta-Analysis of Parental Social Support and Depression in Youth

This session is from the NASP 2022 Annual Convention

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

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about theories of social support
  2. understand the role of parental figures in reducing depression in youth
  3. understand how to promote positive family relationships in the school setting


Adolescent depression is a serious psychological disorder experienced by many youth. This session summarizes an exploration of potential protective factors, such as parental social support, and the results of a meta-analysis investigating the relationship between parental social support and depression in children and adolescents. Findings indicate the importance of social support from parents in the lives of youth. Strategies to help foster supportive parent–child relationships and build strong family–school partnerships will be emphasized.



Samantha Coyle, Montclair State University
Yoonsun Pyun, Northern Illinois University
Jessica N. Wimmer, Montclair State University


Sandra Y. Rueger, PhD, Lauren B. Stone


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