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Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


School of Communication Studies


C. Leigh Nelson

Heather Carmack

Lindsey A. Harvell


This thesis examined factors related to family communication and the prevalence of depression in Appalachian youth. Two quantitative studies were utilized to gather data. The first study tested the measures on Virginia college students to determine if family communication and depressive symptomology were related. Study two took place in one Virginia high school and one North Carolina high school that were identified to be in the Appalachian region. Utilizing a conformity orientation family communication style was positively correlated with depressive symptomology in both the college sample and in the Appalachian samples.