INTRODUCTION: Few Hungarian studies have been published about the relationship between individual life events and childhood and adolescent onset depression. In the present study we examined the significance of life events that might be risk factors of childhood depressive symptoms. METHODS: We collected data in 9 elementary schools in two regions of Hungary. 2,652 pupils were examined. Life events were collected from the parents through a self-report questionnaire. Depressive symptoms were measured by the shortened version of the Child Depression Inventory (CDI). RESULTS: Of the 20 life events that were examined, the following showed a significant relationship with the average depressive-symptom scores: illness of family members--especially that of a sibling, divorce, frequent quarrel among family members, teasing, financial problems and moving apartments. In boys, serious illness of the father, frequent quarrel among family members and teasing; in girls, divorce of parents, frequent quarrel among family members, psychiatric illness of a sibling, financial problems, moving apartments and teasing increased the risk of depression. CONCLUSION: The experience of a number of life events can significantly increase the risk of childhood and adolescent depression.
|Translated title of the contribution||Quality analysis of life events and their relationship to depressive symptoms in a school age population|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Psychiatria Hungarica : A Magyar Pszichiátriai Társaság tudományos folyóirata|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
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