Disappearing Depression in a Population Sample of Boys


Journal Article

Although there is evidence that rules of depressive disorders increase during adolescence in girls, the data on the effects of age on depression in boys have been contradictory. In order to shed further light on this issue, the Short Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (SMFQ) was administered to a general population sample of approximately 1,500 boys ages 6 to 15 years, during four annual interviews. Longitudinal analyses revealed a substantial decrease in reported depressive symptoms between the ages of 8 and 11. The implications of these findings for developmental epidemiological research on depression arc discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Angold, A; Erkanli, A; Loebkr, R; Costello, EJ; Van Kammen, W; Stouthamer-Loeber, M

Published Date

  • January 1, 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 95 - 104

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1063-4266

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/106342669600400204

Citation Source

  • Scopus