The association of perceived social support and coping styles With depression and anxiety

HamidReza Roohafza, Hamid Afshar, Ammar Hassanzadeh Keshteli, Narges Mohammadi, Awat Feizi, Mahshid Taslimi, Peyman Adibi


Background: Because of the excessive and pathologic effects of depression and anxiety, it is important to identify the role of protective factors, such as effective coping and social support. This study examined the associations between perceived social support and coping styles with depression and anxiety levels. Materials and Method: This cross sectional study was part of the Study on the Epidemiology of Psychological, Alimentary Health and Nutrition (SEPAHAN) project. A total 4658 individuals aged ?20 years was selected by cluster random sampling. Subjects completed questionnaires, which were used to describe perceived social support, coping styles, depression and anxiety. T test, ?2 test, Pierson’s correlation and Logistic regression analysis were used in data analyses.Results: The results of Logistic regression analysis showed after adjusting demographic characteristics for odd ratio of anxiety, active copings such as positive re-interpretation and growth with OR; 95% CI: 0.82 (0.76, 0.89), problem engagement [0.92 (0.87, 0.97)], acceptance [0.82 (0.74, 0.92)] and also among perceived social supports, family [0.77 (0.71, 0.84)] and others [0.84 (0.76, 0.91)] were protective. In addition to, for odd ratio of depression, active copings such as positive re-interpretation and growth [0.74 (0.69, 0.79)], problem engagement [0.89 (0.86, 0.93)], and support seeking [0.96 (0.93, 0.99)] and all of social support types (family [0.75 (0.70, 0.80], friends [0.90 (0.85, 0.95)] and others [0.80 (0.75, 0.86)] ) were protective. Avoidance was risk factor for both of anxiety [1.19 (1.12, 1.27)] and depression [1.22 (1.16, 1.29)].Conclusion: This study shows active coping styles and perceived social supports particularly positive re- interpretation and family social support are protective factors for depression and anxiety.

Key words: perceived social support, coping styles, depression, anxiety.

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