Sense of Belonging as a Buffer Against Depressive Symptoms

@article{Sargent2002SenseOB,
  title={Sense of Belonging as a Buffer Against Depressive Symptoms},
  author={Judy Sargent and Reg. Arthur Williams and Bonnie M. Hagerty and Judith Lynch-Sauer and Kenneth S Hoyle},
  journal={Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association},
  year={2002},
  volume={8},
  pages={120 - 129}
}
BACKGROUND: Lack of a sense of belonging has been shown to be associated with loneliness, emotional distress, psychosocial disturbance, and mental illness. Conversely, sense of belonging was found to correspond with psychosocial health. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the buffering effect of sense of belonging against the development of depression. STUDY DESIGN: This study used a comparative design. The sample consisted of 443 Navy recruits in basic training who were… 

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