Depressiveness and social relations of juvenile offenders deprived of their liberty Cover Image

Depresivnost i socijalne relacije institucionalizovanih mladih prestupnika
Depressiveness and social relations of juvenile offenders deprived of their liberty

Author(s): Jasna Hrnčić
Subject(s): Social psychology and group interaction, Personality Psychology, Clinical psychology, Psychoanalysis, Criminology
Published by: Društvo psihologa Srbije
Keywords: Comorbidity; antisocial behaviour; differentiation; attachment;

Summary/Abstract: The article examines the interrelations between depressiveness and social relations of adolescents, deprived of their liberty due to their offences. The model of unipolar depression is proposed, that assumes that basic conditions for occurrence of depression are adversity and insufficiency of current and past, real or internalized affective relations with social environment, and inefficiency of adaptive mechanisms to overcome that state. 191 male juveniles 15 - 22 years of age, in residential and correctional institutions in Serbia, completed three self-rating scales of depression, and 18 self-rating scales of family and peer relations. The correlation between depression and social relations was 0.745 that explains even 55.50% of the variance. It was largely explained by negative and dismissive family and peer relations, and insufficient individuation in a family. Both family and peer variables gave significant mutually independent contribution to the explanation of depressiveness. Both current and past peer relations had significant mutually independent contribution to the explanation of depressiveness. Findings are in favour to proposed model of depression.

  • Issue Year: 41/2008
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 357-378
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Serbian