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Adolescent Depression

  1. Elizabeth McCauley,
  2. Kelly Schloredt

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0018

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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McCauley, E. and Schloredt, K. 2010. Adolescent Depression. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University of Washington/Seattle Children's Hospital

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Depression during the adolescent years is a major public health problem. While somewhat rare in childhood, the rate of depressive disorders escalates over five-fold in the adolescent years, moving from a 12-month prevalence of less than 3% in the sixth- to ninth-grade years to a prevalence of 17% during the eighteenth year of life (Hankin, Abramson, Moffitt, Silva, McGee, & Angell, 1998). Whereas rates of depression increase during this period for both boys and girls, by mid to late adolescence, depressed females outnumber depressed males by a ratio of 2:1 (Hankin et al., 1998). It is estimated that 20% of young people will have at least one episode of clinical depression by age 18, and 65% will experience transient or less severe depressive symptoms (Lewinsohn, Hops, Roberts, Seeley, & Andrews, 1993).


  • adolescent depression;
  • depression;
  • mood disorders