Consequences and correlates of adolescent depression

Sherry Glied, Daniel S. Pine

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Objective: To examine the correlates and consequences of high levels of depressive symptoms among adolescents. Design: Secondary analysis of the 1997 Commonwealth Fund Survey of the Health of Adolescent Girls, a survey of a nationally representative sample of 4648 adolescent boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 18 years, inclusive, conducted in school settings. The self-administered questionnaire contains a screening instrument for depression based on the Children's Depression Inventory. Outcome: Days of school missed, performance at grade level, alcohol use, drug use, smoking, and bingeing. Results: After controlling for sociodemographics, life events, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and exposure to violence, relative to, other children, children and adolescents with high degrees of depressive symptoms missed about 1 day more of school in the month preceding the survey (P<.05) and had higher odds of smoking (odds ratio, 1.84; P<.001), bingeing (odds ratio, 2.02; P<.001), and suicidal ideation (odds ratio, 16.59; P<.001). Conclusion: High levels of depressive symptoms are correlated with serious and significant consequences, even after controlling for life circumstances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1009-1014
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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