The Association of Self-esteem and Social support with Depressive symptoms in College Students

일부 대학생들의 자아존중감 및 사회적 지지와 우울과의 관련성

  • Received : 2014.01.14
  • Accepted : 2014.05.08
  • Published : 2014.05.31


The purpose of this study was to estimate self-esteem, social support and depressive symptoms among college students, as well as to reveal its related factors. The self-administered questionnaire was filled out by 471 students from university located in Daejon city and Chungnam during two weeks from April 23, 2013. As a results, lower the self-esteem is, the depression level comes out to be higher. Also weaker social support is the factor to give rise to depression. Self-esteem and social support showed negative correlation with depression. Social support showed positive correlation with self-esteem. According to hierarchical multiple regression analysis, following factors influence depression level with explanatory powers of 23.8%: sex, age, stress for body shape, perceived economical status, studying time, self-esteem, and social support. In the conclusion, this result imply that depression level of college students is closely related to self-esteem and social support. Especially, social support showed higher correlation with depression.


College student;Self-esteem;Social support;Depressive symptom


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