Presentation Title

An investigation of the inter-relationships between depression, social relationship, and intimate relationship

Faculty Mentor

Chong Ho Yu

Start Date

17-11-2018 9:30 AM

End Date

17-11-2018 9:45 AM

Location

C155

Session

Oral 2

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the correlation between social/intimate relationships and depression in order to help the victims affected by it. Prior research showed that many young adults and teenagers face some kind of social interaction deficit and depression. Many of them develop this depressive disorder from their unhealthy social/intimate relationships. The survey data (n = 435) collected by the research team from our university situated in California indicated that there is a significant positive correlation between depression and having difficulties in social relationship. A significant positive association between depression and having problems in intimate relationship was also observed in this sample. However, it is difficult to determine whether these are cause and effect relationships based on quantitative data alone, because the answers to these items were obtained simultaneously. Specifically, one can be depressed due to social isolation, but one can have relationship problems due to depression. It is also plausible that it is a vicious cycle. The matter could become more complicated if one gradually escalates his or her problems in a displacement form of behavior. Thus, this study aims to investigate the causal pathways of these variables.

Summary of research results to be presented

Based on the data collected from our university, Chi-square analysis indicated that there is a significant positive correlation between depression and having difficulties in social relationship (X2 = 14.68, p = .00001 ), as well as a significant positive association between depression and having problems in intimate relationship (X2 = 10.1, p = .0015). In addition, data visualization, including the mosaic plot and the dot plot, was employed to understand the pattern of the data. It was found that students who reported being diagnosed or treated with depression are more likely to experience difficulties in both social and intimate relationships.

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An investigation of the inter-relationships between depression, social relationship, and intimate relationship

C155

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the correlation between social/intimate relationships and depression in order to help the victims affected by it. Prior research showed that many young adults and teenagers face some kind of social interaction deficit and depression. Many of them develop this depressive disorder from their unhealthy social/intimate relationships. The survey data (n = 435) collected by the research team from our university situated in California indicated that there is a significant positive correlation between depression and having difficulties in social relationship. A significant positive association between depression and having problems in intimate relationship was also observed in this sample. However, it is difficult to determine whether these are cause and effect relationships based on quantitative data alone, because the answers to these items were obtained simultaneously. Specifically, one can be depressed due to social isolation, but one can have relationship problems due to depression. It is also plausible that it is a vicious cycle. The matter could become more complicated if one gradually escalates his or her problems in a displacement form of behavior. Thus, this study aims to investigate the causal pathways of these variables.