Journal article

Developmental trajectories of internalising behaviour in the prediction of adolescent depressive symptoms

John W Toumbourou, Ian Williams, Primrose Letcher, Ann Sanson, Diana Smart

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2011

Abstract

Using a community-based Australian birth cohort, groups with distinct longitudinal profiles (trajectories) of internalising behaviour from early childhood through mid-adolescence were identified for boys and girls from parent ratings. Six internalising trajectories were identified for both genders, comprising stable, decreasing, and increasing pathways. Hierarchical regression models predicted the contribution of internalising trajectories to self-reported age 17 depressive symptoms for males (n=557) and females (n=633), after controlling for the effects of a range of adolescent precursors. Internalising trajectories and adolescent psychosocial factors, each contributed to the prediction of ..

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