Perceived Social Support, Stress, and Depression among Adolescents in Kampala District
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Background The period of adolescence, encompassing physical, mental, social, and emotional changes, is marked by frustration and confusion in decision-making. Perceived social support, derived from family, friends, and others, plays a crucial role. It enhances psychological well-being, aids in coping with challenges, and improves quality of life. Stress, a response to threatening situations, is inherent but can lead to distress. Adolescents face academic and psychological stress, often exacerbated by factors like the COVID-19 pandemic. Social support mitigates stress effects, fostering resilience. Ugandan youth seek support from friends and family, contributing to coping skills and resilience development Results. The results show that Perceived Social Support and Stress are not significantly related, Perceived Social Support and Depression are not significantly related and Stress and Depression are significantly correlated. Recommendations The researcher recommends the introduction of stress management programs in schools and community organizations. For example, schools can offer yoga classes and mindfulness activities to help students manage stress and build resilience. These interventions help equip adolescents with coping strategies to navigate stressors effectively, reducing the risk of depression and other mental health issues.