Navigation Links
Signs of Depression Noted in Second Graders
Date:8/7/2009

Researchers identified early risk factors and patterns of development

FRIDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Screening children as early as second grade for symptoms of depression may help better identify those at risk later in life, a University of Washington study shows.

Even though about 80 percent of second graders in the study never developed more than a few symptoms of depression, the researchers identified five patterns of development of the mental disorder by following nearly 1,000 children through their elementary and middle-school years.

"We want to reassure parents that everyone, including children, may feel sad or depressed once in a while, but that doesn't mean they will go on to develop depression. We are trying to understand how depression starts and evolves in childhood so that we can develop interventions to help children," lead study author James Mazza, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Washington, said in a university news release.

The study results, published online recently in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, are based on reports from teachers and parents and self-evaluations done by the children, primarily white residents of the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

"Some children are reporting that they don't have as many friends, feel lonelier and are more anxious than their peers," Mazza said. "They are telling us that they feel different from the typical happy-go-lucky second grader."

About 20 percent of the children were found to have a notable number of depressive symptoms in second grade, and about 9 percent of these had their symptoms continue or grow by eighth grade. The other 11 percent saw their number of symptoms rise until middle school, when they decreased.

About 54 percent of the second graders had no or few symptoms, but developed some or more by eighth grade. The remaining 26 percent started with no or few depressive symptoms and held at this level until middle school, the researchers found.

The study authors noted that behavior and attention problems tended to predict what pattern of depression a boy would develop, while anxiety at an early age was a risk factor for girls. The team also confirmed previous findings that girls tended to have more depressive symptoms than boys by middle-school age.

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about depression in children.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: University of Washington, news release, July 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association Signs Memorandum of Understanding With Canadian and European Anti-Fraud Organizations
2. Arcadia HealthCares DailyMed(TM) Signs Deal with Comfort Keepers(R), A Leading Provider of In-Home Care
3. Leading U.S. Expert Offers Ten Warning Signs and Symptoms of Mental Health Problems in Elderly
4. Foundation Radiology Group Signs Exclusive Contract With Pennsylvanias Wayne Memorial Hospital
5. Detecting early signs of osteoarthritis
6. Gentiva(R) Health Services Signs Agreement to Acquire Home Health Agency with Offices in Mississippi and Alabama
7. EPIX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Assigns all Its Assets to Joseph F. Finn, Jr., C.P.A. for the Benefit of Its Creditors
8. Grubb & Ellis Healthcare REIT Signs Agreement to Purchase 16 Building Medical Office Portfolio
9. Signs of Alzheimers Seen Earlier Than Thought
10. CSC Signs $115 Million IT Services Renewal Agreement With Henry Ford Health System
11. Memory test and PET scans detect early signs of Alzheimers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Signs of Depression Noted in Second Graders
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... WHO: , Dr. Paul ... , WHAT: , Medical doctors and PhD scientists will speak to the press on ... Trump in support of an independent vaccine safety commission. , WHERE: , Zenger ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 28, 2017 , ... The ... MHA, FRBMA, has begun to serve as its new executive director. Mr. Still was ... Executive Search Committee. , “Bob, as he is known to our members, has ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... , ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... physicians, Paul Yost, will begin serving as new board chair for Orange County ... Yost will serve the remainder of soon-to-be former chair Mark Refowitz’s term, which ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Neurotechnology , a provider of high-precision ... tracking products: the new NCheck Cloud Bio Attendance cloud-based service and the updated  ... recognition to enable users to check in and out from anywhere via the ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... MA (PRWEB) , ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... for direct measurement of corrosive ions found in power plant water and steam. ... components such as turbines and boilers, leading to extensive maintenance and unplanned shutdowns. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/29/2017)... KALAMAZOO, Michigan , USA, March 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... a Company that Cares by People magazine, in partnership ... out of 50 companies on the list. This list ... employees that have succeeded in business while also demonstrating ... and the environment.  To determine the ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... FinancialBuzz.com News Commentary  ... Data published in a research report by Grand View Research, Inc., projects ... 55.8 billion by 2025. The projection takes into consideration the continuous successful ... more open approach towards cannabis products around the world. In 2016, states ... North Dakota , Ohio , and ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... 29, 2017 Research and Markets has announced ... Software Market Outlook: 2016-2022" report to their offering. ... The global patient safety ... of delivery, end-user, and geography. Patient safety has ... globe. The field has developed significantly in the last decade and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: