Social & Education Policy

The Role of Social Support in Predicting Depression and Task Overload Among College Students

Duncan, J.M.; Lucier-Greer, M.; Ferraro, A.J.; Reed-Fitzke, K.


Guided by the Relationships Motivation Theory, this short-term longitudinal study examined associations between social support (i.e., relatedness), depression, and stress in the form of task overload among emerging adult, university students (N = 184 at time one; N = 105 at time two; 69.2% female). Results from a series of path models indicated a significant relationship between decreased perceptions of social support over time and an increase in perceived task overload with significant mediating effects through depressive symptomology. Implications for counseling services as well as intervention and awareness points for university professionals are discussed.