Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


McKinney, Cliff

Committee Member

Oliveros, Arazais

Committee Member

Jones, Torri M.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Clinical Psychology

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Psychology


The impact of parental depressive problems on children’s depressive symptoms has been widely studied. The Stress Buffering Hypothesis states that social support acts as a protective factor between the impacts of stress from negative life events on physical and psychological health. The current study examined the stress buffering hypothesis in terms of the relationship between parental depressive problems and emerging adult depressive problems. The differential buffering strength of both perceived social support and received social support between stress from negative life events and depressive problems were examined along with the moderating effects of parent and emerging adult gender. Neither perceived nor received social support significantly moderated the aforementioned relationship. When parental depressive problems were added to the model, the three-way interaction between received social support, perceived stress, and paternal depressive problems, on male depressive problems was significant. Other significant pathways and models were discussed.



Gender||Social support||Emerging Adults||Depression||Parenting