Journal article

Longitudinal Trajectories of Depression Symptoms in Adolescence: Psychosocial Risk Factors and Outcomes

Rachel ER Ellis, Marc L Seal, Julian G Simmons, Sarah Whittle, Orli S Schwartz, Michelle L Byrne, Nicholas B Allen

CHILD PSYCHIATRY & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT | SPRINGER | Published : 2017

Abstract

Variations in symptom trajectories within a population may represent distinct groups with different etiologies and outcomes. This study aimed to identify subgroups of depression symptom trajectories in a sample of adolescents, and to describe psychosocial attributes of the different groups. In a longitudinal study, 243 adolescents (121 males and 122 females), were assessed using a battery of measures of temperament, psychopathology, and psychological and behavioral functioning. Four phases of data collection over 7 years spanned average ages of the participants from 12 to 18 years old. Depressive symptoms from each phase were used to model latent class growth trajectories. A 4-group solution..

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