Prevalence and Correlates of Depressive Symptoms in Young Adolescents

Martha Y. Kubik, Leslie A. Lytle, Amanda Birnbaum, David M. Murray, Cheryl L. Perry

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Abstract

Objectives: To assess prevalence of elevated depressive symptoms in young adolescents and examine associations between symptoms and sociodemographic and behavioral factors. Methods: Cross-sectional survey data from 3621 seventh grade students from 16 middle schools were analyzed. Results: Elevated depressive symptoms were reported by 40% of girls and 30% of boys. Socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and age group were independently associated with depressive symptomatology. For girls, monthly alcohol use, monthly smoking, heavy drinking, and inhalant use were significant correlates. For boys, monthly alcohol use and inhalant use were significant. Conclusions: Elevated depressive symptomatology was a prevalent problem. Substance use was often associated with depressive symptoms, especially among girls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)546-553
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2003

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Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Substance use

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Kubik, Martha Y. ; Lytle, Leslie A. ; Birnbaum, Amanda ; Murray, David M. ; Perry, Cheryl L. / Prevalence and Correlates of Depressive Symptoms in Young Adolescents. In: American Journal of Health Behavior. 2003 ; Vol. 27, No. 5. pp. 546-553.
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