Date of Award
University or Center
Clark Atlanta University(CAU)
School of Social Work
Professor Hattie Mitchell
This exploratory study examined the relationship between support systems and depressive symptoms in grieving children. The siblings completed the twelve item Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support and the eighteen item Depression Self-Rating Scale.
The nonprobability sample was one of convenience. The sample consisted of a total of 16 male and female siblings between the ages of nine and eighteen years. The responses were cross tabulated using Chi Square and Gamma Tests. The Chi Square and Gamma Tests confirmed a significant correlation of .05 across three identified sources of support: family, peer, and significant other. The responses demonstrated low symptoms of depression. The results from the study rejected the null hypothesis that there will be no statistically significant relationship between support systems and depression in grieving children.
In this study, no attempt is made to generalize these specific findings. Rather, results are interpreted, in the light of findings in the recent literature, to underscore the need for better designed research and to alert professionals of the danger of imposing dysfunctional views upon this population.
Waddington, Caitlin Connolly, "An exploratory study that examines the relationship between support systems and depression in grieving children" (1998). ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library. 1356.