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   2011, Vol. 43 Issue (10) : 1175-1184     DOI:
The Relationship Between Interpersonal Self-Support and Depression
XIA Ling-Xiang;WAN Li;SONG Yan;YANG Yi-Long
(1 School of Psychology, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China)
(2 Elementary Education College, Chongqing Normal University, Chongqing 400700, China)
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Abstract  Interests in the relationship between personality and depression have a long history. However, most of studies focus on personality vulnerabilities to depression. According to positive psychology, protective personality factors for depression warrants exploration. In the present study, interpersonal self-support was proposed as a new protective personality factor of depression on the basis of our prior studies that found interpersonal self-support traits were negatively related with depression. Two studies were conducted to explore the roles of sociotropy and social support in the relationship between interpersonal self-support and depression.
In Study One, the Interpersonal Self-Support Scale of Adolescent Students (ISSS-AS), Chinese version of Sociotropy Scale, and Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS)were administered to 471 subjects. The results showed: ① Interpersonal initiative and interpersonal flexibility were not related with sociotropy and ② Interpersonal self-support could significantly predict depression symptoms after controlling for sociotropy.
In Study Two, the ISSS-AS, depression subscale of Symptom Check List 90, and Social Support Rating Scale (SSRS)were administered to 264 subjects. The result showed that the moderation model was not supported and that the effects of interpersonal independence, interpersonal openness, and interpersonal initiative on depression were mediated by social support.
In sum, it could be concluded that interpersonal self-support may be a new protective personality factor for depression. Interpersonal factors may mediate the relationship between interpersonal self-support and depression.
Corresponding Authors: XIA Ling-Xiang   
Issue Date: 30 October 2011
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XIA Ling-Xiang,WAN Li,SONG Yan,YANG Yi-Long. The Relationship Between Interpersonal Self-Support and Depression[J]. ,2011, 43(10): 1175-1184.
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