Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Depression in children; Affective disorders in children; Depression, Mental;
Depression in children is a problem that is becoming more prevalent. With children and adolescents under more stress and pressure than ever before, the seriousness of the issues children deal with is also intensifying. Depression in children is a major concern because it can interfere with school and academics, social functioning, and even lead to somatic symptoms. If depression is left untreated it can lead to other mental disorders. An important concern is that children who are depressed are at great risk of suicide. Population studies show that at any one time between 10 and 15 percent of the child and adolescent population has some symptoms of depression (Smucker et al., 1986). The prevalence of the full-fledged diagnosis of major depression among all children ages 9 to 17 has been estimated at 5 percent (Shaffer et al., 1996c). These statistics combined with the potential problems makes childhood depression a serious concern for professionals and parents.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
Michael D. Waggoner
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©2003 Jeni Barry
Barry, Jeni, "Childhood depression and schools" (2003). Graduate Research Papers. 307.