ERIC Number: EJ1039296
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Relations between School Performance and Depressive Symptoms in Spanish Children
Orgiles, Mireia; Gomez, Marta; Piqueras, Jose A.; Espada, Jose P.
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, v12 n2 p447-460 Sep 2014
Introduction: Despite data showing the relationship between depression and decreased school performance, there is a lack of studies with Spanish children. The objective of this research is to examine school performance as a function of depression and gender. Method: Participants were 658 Spanish children aged between 8 and 12 years, 49.6% male, who completed the Child Depression Inventory and reported their grades (the number of courses evaluated as Excellent and Failure) and the number of school years they had repeated. Results: The results of Multivariate Analysis of Variance show that children with depressive symptoms have poorer school performance (more courses evaluated as Failure, fewer courses evaluated at Excellent, and more repeated grades) than those without symptoms. Differences by gender were only found in the number of repeated grades, higher in girls than in boys. None of the variables studied showed differences in the interaction of depressive symptoms and gender. Discussion and Conclusion: Early detection of depressive symptoms at schools is needed in order to prevent problems in academic performance.
Descriptors: Correlation, Academic Achievement, Depression (Psychology), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Gender Differences, Grade Repetition, Foreign Countries, Grades (Scholastic), Multivariate Analysis, Low Achievement, Incidence
University of Almeria, Education & Psychology I+D+i. Faculty of Psychology Department of Educational and Developmental Psychology, Carretera de Sacramento s/n, 04120 LaCanada de San Urbano, Almeria, Spain. Tel: +34-950-015354; Fax: +34-950-015083; Web site: http://www.investigacion-psicopedagogica.org/revista/new/english/presentacion.php
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Spain
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Childrens Depression Inventory