Research studies have shown that people with fewer close relationships, a smaller social network, and less supportive relationships are more likely to become depressed. People who report less social support are thirteen times more likely to meet criteria for major depression than persons who report higher levels of social support. There has also been a suggestion that the quality of one’s closest relationships is most crucial; support from other relationships does not make up for deficiencies in intimate relationships.
- pg. 108, When Someone You Love Is Depressed – Laura Rosen & Xavier Amador, ISBN 978-0-684-83407-8