Gender differences in adolescent depression: Differential female susceptibility to stressors affecting family functioning

Lewis, Andrew J., Kremer, Peter, Douglas, Kim, Toumborou, John W., Hameed, Mohajer A., Patton, George C. and Williams, Joanne 2015, Gender differences in adolescent depression: Differential female susceptibility to stressors affecting family functioning, Australian journal of psychology, vol. 67, no. 3, pp. 131-139, doi: 10.1111/ajpy.12086.

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Title Gender differences in adolescent depression: Differential female susceptibility to stressors affecting family functioning
Author(s) Lewis, Andrew J.ORCID iD for Lewis, Andrew J. orcid.org/0000-0002-2519-7976
Kremer, PeterORCID iD for Kremer, Peter orcid.org/0000-0003-2476-1958
Douglas, Kim
Toumborou, John W.ORCID iD for Toumborou, John W. orcid.org/0000-0002-8431-3762
Hameed, Mohajer A.
Patton, George C.
Williams, Joanne
Journal name Australian journal of psychology
Volume number 67
Issue number 3
Start page 131
End page 139
Total pages 9
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Milton, Qld.
Publication date 2015-09
ISSN 0004-9530
1742-9536
Keyword(s) adolescents
conflict
depression
family stressors
parent-child relationship
residential mobility
Summary Objective: The aim of this study was to examine associations between family-based stressors and depressive symptoms in adolescents.

Method: Participants were 10-14 year olds who participated in a large Australian population study (n=6,552). Depressive symptoms and pubertal development were assessed using the self-report Short Mood and Feelings Questionnaire and the Pubertal Development Scale. Three indicators of stress exposure were examined-low emotional closeness to parents, residential and school transitions, and family conflict. The effect of gender, stress exposure and the interaction of gender and stress exposure on depressive symptoms was tested using multivariate logistic regression.

Results:
High family conflict, residential instability and low emotional closeness with parents were independently associated with adolescent depressive symptoms. There was a significant gender by emotional closeness interaction; females reporting low emotional closeness to their parents were 2.3 times more likely to report high depressive symptoms than females reporting high emotional connections with parents.

Conclusions:
Female adolescents may be more susceptible to particular types of stresses and particularly the quality of the parent-child relationship.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/ajpy.12086
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Australian Psychological Society
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074984

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