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Dusunen Adam. 2014; 27(3): 211-220

Parent-adolescent conflict and depression symptoms of adolescents: mediator role of self-esteem

Yalçın Özdemir.


Purpose: The present study examined the direct and indirect relationships between parent-adolescent conflict, self-esteem, and depression symptoms.
Method: Participants were 338 (150 male, 188 female) adolescents aged between 14–18 attending public high schools. Participants completed a questionnaire that included measures of parent-adolescent conflict, self-esteem, and depression symptoms.
Results: Findings provided evidence of direct effects of parent-adolescent conflict on depression symptoms and indirect effects of mother adolescent conflict on depression symptoms through self-esteem. Specifically, results indicated that mother adolescent conflict were positively and directly related to self-esteem, and indirectly related to depression through self-esteem. Parent-adolescent conflict explained 8% of the variance and together parent-adolescent conflict and self-esteem explained 26% of the variance in depression symptoms.
Conclusion: Findings of the present study provided evidence for the negative affect of parent-adolescent conflict on adolescents’ mental health. Implications and directions for future research are discussed.

Key words: Adolescence, depression symptoms, parent adolescent conflict, self-esteem

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