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ERIC Number: EJ1020663
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0044-118X
Perceived Demands of Social Change and Depressive Symptoms in Adolescents from Different Educational Tracks
Pinquart, Martin; Silbereisen, Rainer K.; Grümer, Sebastian
Youth & Society, v46 n3 p338-359 May 2014
We analyzed whether perceived demands associated with social change and coping with these demands are related to depressive symptoms in German adolescents from the highest versus middle/lowest educational track. Demands reflected an increase in uncertainty (e.g., risk for getting no job). Adolescents on the highest educational track perceived fewer demands in the field of education/work and reported lower levels of depression than adolescents on lower educational tracks. In addition, work-related demands were associated with depressive symptoms only in students on lower educational tracks. Whereas problem-focused coping with these demands was associated with lower depressive symptoms in all students, we found that associations of distancing from demands with depression varied by educational track. We conclude that increased uncertainty associated with social change serves as a stressor that relates to adolescents' depressive symptoms. However, educational attainment is an important resource for dealing with these stressors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Brief Symptom Inventory
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