Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 19–35

Family Processes in Adolescent Depression


  • Lisa Sheeber
    • Oregon Research Institute
  • Hyman Hops
    • Oregon Research Institute
  • Betsy Davis
    • Oregon Research Institute

DOI: 10.1023/A:1009524626436

Cite this article as:
Sheeber, L., Hops, H. & Davis, B. Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev (2001) 4: 19. doi:10.1023/A:1009524626436


A developing body of research points to the role of family relationships and interactions as factors relevant to understanding unipolar depressive symptomatology and disorder in adolescents. This paper is focused on examining mechanisms by which adverse family processes may operate to increase adolescents' vulnerability to depression. The review is organized into a description and evaluation of four potential mechanisms by which families may influence adolescents' risk: (a) Stress/Support, (b) Social Interactional, (c) Cognitive, and (d) Affect Regulation. The presentation of the individual mechanisms is followed by a brief discussion of how they could be integrated to develop a fuller understanding of familial processes relevant to the etiology and maintenance of depressive conditions. Finally, we conclude with a discussion of overall limitations in the literature and recommendations for future research.

adolescent depressionfamily processes

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