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J Adolesc. 2012 Feb;35(1):143-52. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2011.04.002. Epub 2011 May 4.

Social context in school: its relation to adolescents' depressive mood.

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University of Li├Ęge, Personne et Societe, Liege, Belgium.

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  • J Adolesc. 2012 Oct;35(5):1407.


This study examined the impact of various school-related factors on adolescents' depressive mood, including prosocial behavior, verbal aggression, and relationships with teachers. The data used in this study were collected in the context of a larger survey on victimization in secondary schools from the French Community of Belgium. Participants were 2896 secondary school students (1520 males; 1376 females) aged 12-18 years. Results showed that for both genders, the three strongest predictors of depressive mood were age, feeling of exclusion, and verbal aggression. This study focusing on school-related predictors of depressive mood confirmed the importance of the social context in school as a predictor of depression in both girls and boys.

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