Thesis Title: Quality of Friendship and Depressive Symptoms in Adolescents

Student Name: Iqra Qayyum

Supervisor: Faiz Younas

Degree: MSc

Year: 2016-2018

Department: Institute of Applied Psychology

University: Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

Abstract

The present study investigated the relationship between the quality of friendship and depressive symptoms in adolescents. It was hypothesized that there would be a negative relationship between quality of friendship and depressive symptoms in adolescents and there would be gender differences in the perception of quality of friendship and depressive symptoms in adolescents. Cross-sectional research design and purposive sampling strategy was used to recruit a sample of N = 100 (n = 50 males and n = 50 females) from various institutions of Lahore. The McGill Friendship Questionnaire Friendship Functioning Scale (Mendelson & Aboud, 1996) and Mood and Feeling Questionnaire (Angold & Costello, 1987) were used for assessment. Data were analyzed through using SPSS version 21.0. Pearson product moment correlation and regression were applied to generate the results which showed a negative significant relationship between quality of friendship and depressive symptoms. Hence hypothesis was accepted. Present study revealed some of the important factors which can lead to depressive symptoms in adolescents.

Keywords: Quality of friendship, depressive symptoms, adolescents.