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Types of Social Support Associated with Depression in the UK Adult Population

Soo, Shi Hui Joy; Tan, Soo Yin; Yang, Keming

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Shi Hui Joy Soo

Soo Yin Tan


Many well-established sociological studies pertaining to the salubrious link between social relations and mental health have been published. In particular, numerous researchers address the issue of how social isolation and lack of family support and social ties can adversely affect one’s mental well-being. In this paper, we seek to identify and explore the relationships between people who were clinically diagnosed with depression and the aspects of their social environment, namely their social and family circumstances in the UK adult population. One hundred and ten blogs mentioning depression as their main condition were selected from a mental health support website, Time to Change, for analysis. As not many studies have analyzed such narratives, we expected the analysis to provide a fresher and deeper understanding of the experiences of those afflicted with depression. We observed that there is a consistent discourse emphasizing the importance of social support from close loved ones, in particular friends and family members. There is evidence that social circumstances can be mediating factors in depression.


Soo, S. H. J., Tan, S. Y., & Yang, K. (2022). Types of Social Support Associated with Depression in the UK Adult Population. Environment social psychology, 7(1), Article 810.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 26, 2022
Online Publication Date Mar 5, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Apr 12, 2023
Publicly Available Date May 31, 2023
Journal Environment and Social Psychology
Print ISSN 2424-7979
Electronic ISSN 2424-7979
Publisher WHIOCE
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 1
Article Number 810


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Open Access. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits any use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and source are credited.

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