Depressive symptomatology, exposure to violence, and the role of social capital among African American adolescents

Kevin M. Fitzpatrick, Darlene R. Wright, B. Pikó, Mark LaGory

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Focusing on the role of capital as both personal and social resources for adolescents, the authors examined depressive symptomatology among a sample of 10- to 18-year-old African American youths (N = 1,538). In addition to gender and age differences, adolescents exposed to threatening environments (school, neighborhood, home) reported more depressive symptoms. Social capital had a significant inverse relationship with adolescent depression; self-esteem and a social capital index were negatively related to depressive symptomatology. Furthermore, the interaction effects of gender with social capital, age with self-esteem, and age with grades were significant, indicating the presence of a buffering effect. These findings suggest the importance of interrelationships among violence exposure, capital, and well-being for adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-274
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume75
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005

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Depressive symptomatology, exposure to violence, and the role of social capital among African American adolescents. / Fitzpatrick, Kevin M.; Wright, Darlene R.; Pikó, B.; LaGory, Mark.

In: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Vol. 75, No. 2, 04.2005, p. 262-274.

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