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Am J Psychiatry. 2002 Jul;159(7):1235-7.

Depressive symptoms in adolescence as predictors of early adulthood depressive disorders and maladjustment.

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  • 1Department of Mental Health and Alcohol Research, National Public Health Institute, Iirislahdenranta 30, FIN-02230 Espoo, Finland.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The authors examined the association between self-reported depressive symptoms in adolescence and mental well-being in early adulthood.

METHOD:

A questionnaire assessing psychosocial well-being was given to a group of subjects (N=651) in their last 3 years of high school (mean age=16.8 years) and again when these subjects reached early adulthood (mean age=21.8 years). Diagnostic interview data were obtained from a subgroup of the young adults (N=245). Adolescents' depressive symptoms were analyzed in relation to their early adulthood mental health outcome data.

RESULTS:

Depressive symptoms in adolescence predicted early adulthood depressive disorders (major depression and dysthymia), comorbidity, psychosocial impairment, and problem drinking.

CONCLUSIONS:

Depressive symptoms in adolescence deserve attention as a potential risk for early adulthood mental disorders.

PMID:
12091207
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