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ERIC Number: EJ1159248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0734-2829
The Developmental Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms in Early Adolescence: An Examination of School-Related Factors
Wu, Pei-Chen
Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, v35 n8 p755-767 Dec 2017
This study investigated the heterogeneity of depressive symptom trajectories and the roles of school-related factors in predicting the membership of different trajectories in a sample of early adolescents in Taiwan. In all, 870 junior high school students were followed for 3 years. Using growth mixture modeling, the study identified four distinct trajectories: stable-low depression, stable-moderate depression, steadily increasing depression, and early elevated but later decreasing depression. Female and private school students tended to belong to the high-risk group. Students with negative academic self-concept, low self-esteem, or poor peer relationships tended to follow the two high-risk trajectories (stable-moderate depression and steadily increasing depression). The findings suggested that these school-related factors could be used to target the high-risk depressive symptom groups for receiving further counseling, especially in the East Asian context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beck Depression Inventory; Self Description Questionnaire
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A