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

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

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Soo Shi Hui Joy

Tan Soo Yin


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.


Joy, S. S. H., Yin, T. S., & Yang, K. (2019). Types of Social Support Associated with Depression in the UK Adult Population. Environment social psychology, 4(2), 1-8.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 1, 2019
Online Publication Date Jun 10, 2019
Publication Date Jun 10, 2019
Deposit Date Jun 15, 2019
Publicly Available Date Aug 14, 2019
Journal Environment and social psychology
Print ISSN 2424-7979
Publisher WHIOCE
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 2
Pages 1-8


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Copyright © 2019 Soo Shi Hui Joy. <br /> This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Unported License (<br /> licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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