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ERIC Number: EJ783303
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0001-8449
The Relationship between Adolescent Depression and a History of Sexual Abuse
Buzi, Ruth S.; Weinman, Maxine L.; Smith, Peggy B.
Adolescence (San Diego): an international quarterly devoted to the physiological, psychological, psychiatric, sociological, and educational aspects of the second decade of human life, v42 n168 p679 Win 2007
The purpose of this study was to examine the occurrence of depression among adolescents attending family planning clinics, and to determine the relationship among depression, a history of sexual abuse, and other risk behaviors. The sample consisted of 279 minority females. Results of the study indicated that 40 adolescents (14.3%) scored at or above a raw score of 77 for depression based on the Reynolds Adolescent Depression Scale (RADS). This suggests that these adolescents should be identified for further evaluation. Results of the Stepwise Linear Regression indicated that a history of sexual abuse was the most potent factor in predicting depression. These findings highlight the importance of screening concurrently for depression and a history of sexual abuse in family planning and other healthcare settings. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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