Relationship Between Self-Esteem and Adolescent Depression: Moderating Effects of Parental Empathy

자아존중감과 청소년 우울성향의 관계에서 부모공감의 조절효과

  • Received : 2017.10.18
  • Accepted : 2017.12.20
  • Published : 2017.12.28


The purpose of this study was to examine the moderating effect of perceived parental empathy in the relationship between self-esteem and adolescent depression. A sample of 437 adolescents completed self-report measures of self-esteem, depression and parental empathy. The collected data were analyzed by hierarchical regression analysis. As a result, parental empathy moderated relationship between self-esteem and depression. And awareness of emotion, empathic emotional reaction, and cold emotional reaction of father had moderating effect on the relationship between self-esteem and depression. In case of mother's empathy, cold emotional reaction and excessive emotional reaction had moderating effect on the relationship between self-esteem and depression. The significance of this study is to find out the important of parental empathy for depressive adolescents who are experiencing self-esteem of low level.


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