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Depressive symptoms and psychosocial functioning in preadolescent children

McCabe, Marita, Ricciardelli, Lina and Banfield, Sophie 2011, Depressive symptoms and psychosocial functioning in preadolescent children, Depression research and treatment, vol. 2011, pp. 1-7, doi: 10.1155/2011/548034.

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Title Depressive symptoms and psychosocial functioning in preadolescent children
Author(s) McCabe, Marita
Ricciardelli, LinaORCID iD for Ricciardelli, Lina orcid.org/0000-0002-7038-7410
Banfield, Sophie
Journal name Depression research and treatment
Volume number 2011
Article ID 548034
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Place of publication Cairo, Egypt
Publication date 2011
ISSN 2090-133X
Summary The current study was designed to determine the percentage of children "at-risk" of depression or evidencing clinical levels of depression. In addition, the study examined how the "at-risk" and the clinical groups differed from children who demonstrated no depressive symptoms on positive and negative affect, four aspects of self-concept, and peer ratings of popularity. Respondents were 510 children (270 boys 240 girls) who ranged in age from 7 to 13 years (mean = 9.39). The results demonstrated that 23% of children were either in the "at-risk" or clinical range of depression. Children in both the clinical and the "at-risk" range demonstrated higher negative affect but lower positive affect and lower self-concepts than children in the normal range. However, children's peers only differentiated between the "clinical" and "normal" groups. It is harder for peers, and other informants such as teachers and parents, to detect the problems of children with elevated depressive symptoms but who do not meet the diagnostic criteria. It is important to implement intervention programs for children who evidence depression symptoms, as well as "at-risk" children. "At-risk" children with elevated levels of depressive symptoms may be more disadvantaged, as their problems are less likely to be detected and treated.
Language eng
DOI 10.1155/2011/548034
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30104195

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