Depression is one of the leading causes of disability for all ages and genders in the United States. Historically, depression had been viewed as a condition that only affected older adults; however, in recent years health professionals have recognized depression as a serious condition also affecting adolescents and young adults. The purpose of the present study was to identify whether gender was a risk factor of depression within the adolescent and young adult population as literature shows that depression can impact growth and development, school performance, peer or family relationship and at times can be fatal. Data from the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey was studied to gain understanding into the predictive relationship between adolescent depression and gender. The hypothesis that gender is a predictive factor for depression in this population was supported.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Behavioral psychology, Individual & family studies, Gender studies|
|Keywords:||Adolescence, Common risk factors, Depression, Young adults|
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