The Social Mechanisms of Depression Among Junior High School Girls With Romantic Involvement
To understand the complex mechanisms of romantic involvement, child-parent relationships (i.e., perceived family support and child-parent conflict), and depression among girls, this study examined two competing theories: the perspectives of role restructuring and a compensation model. The perspective of role restructuring considered that adolescents who involve in the romantic involvement tends to have a worse child-parent relationship when dating. However, according to the perspective of a compensation model, adolescents who experienced a lower perceived parental support affect the possibility of romantic involvement. The first three waves of longitudinal data from the Taiwan Youth Project were used. Generalized structural equation model was applied to build path analysis models to examine two competing theories. The analytical sample included 977 adolescent girls in the seventh grade who were interviewed in the first three waves.