Date of Award

12-2009

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dollinger, Stephen

Abstract

This study explored the relationships that the personality variables of sociotropy and solitude, social support and friendship quality have with levels of depression in older adolescents and young adults. The participants self-identified as Black/African American or White/European American/Caucasian and were between the ages of 18 and 20. The examination indicated that when all variables were taken into account, sociotropy and solitude were the only variables significantly related to levels of depression. Implications for future research are discussed.

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