Relationship between the Perceived Social Support and the Level of Depression and Anxiety in University Student

Eldeleklioğlu J.

EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES-THEORY & PRACTICE, vol.6, no.3, pp.727-752, 2006 (SSCI)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 6 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.727-752
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


The relationship between social support that students perceived from their friends and families and their depression and anxiety levels is investigated in this study. The study is conducted with 325 students (200 females 125 males aged between 18 and 21, mean age = 20.41) attending to different universities in the 2002-2003 academic year. Three scales were used in the study to measure perceived social support, depression and anxiety levels: the Social Support Perceived from the Family and Friends, adapted to the Turkish by Eskin, "the Beck Depression Scale" adapted to the Turkish by Tegin and "the State and Trait Anxiety Inventory" adapted to the Turkish by Öner. These three scales were administered simultaneously to the students participating in the study and the relations among them were calculated. As a result, there found to be a positive significant relationship between trait anxiety and depression scores (p < .01) and a negative relationship between social support perceived from the friends (p < .01) and family (p < .05) and depression scores.