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ERIC Number: EJ824357
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0256-2928
Anxiety, Depression, and Peer Relationships during Adolescence: Results from the Portuguese National Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children Survey
de Matos, Margarida Gaspar; Barrett, Paula; Dadds, Mark; Shortt, Alison
European Journal of Psychology of Education, v18 n1 p3-14 Mar 2003
Used data from the Portuguese HBSC (Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children) survey, which was conducted by one of the authors who is the national representative of the European Study HBSC, a World Health Organisation collaborative study (Currie, Hurrelmann, Setterbulte, Smith, & Todd, 2000; Matos, Simoes, Carvalhosa, Reis & Canha 2000), to examine correlates of depression and anxiety in a large, representative sample of adolescents. The study had four aims: (1) to examine the relationship between feelings of anxiety and depression; (2) to examine the association of positive peer relationships, and anxiety and depression in school-age adolescents; (3) to examine the relationship between health, peer relationships, depression and anxiety; and finally, (4) to assess age and gender differences with regard to the above issues. Measures were constructed of depression, anxiety, peer relationships, and health. Consistent with previous studies, anxiety and depression were found to be significantly correlated. A MANOVA revealed that females and adolescents in grades 8 and 10 were more likely to report high anxiety and/or depressive symptoms. High anxiety and depression in adolescence was associated with poor peer relationships and poorer health. Implications of these results and directions for further research are discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 6; Grade 8; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Portugal