Depression and school functioning in non-referred adolescents: A pilot study

Gabriele Masi, Barbara Sbrana, Paola Poli, Francesco Tomaiuolo, Letizia Favilla, Mara Marcheschi

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Self-image and self-perceived competencies have been considered to be related to depression in childhood and adolescence. Data from literature points to school functioning as one of the most important factors in self- esteem and self-worth during adolescence. Academic self image, defined as the way adolescents represent themselves as students, directly affects the global self-image; for this reason it has important psychopathological implications. The major aim of this preliminary report is to specifically analyze the relationship between academic self-image (assessed with a specific questionnaire), and self-reported depressive symptoms (assessed with the Children's Depression Inventory) in a school sample 150 adolescents. Our data indicate that the emotional beliefs about schooling and learning were significantly related to depressive symptomatology. Females scored higher in CDI and school anxiety. A real school failure did not affect the academic self image. These data seem to suggest that different components of the academic self-image can be differently associated with depressive feelings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-171
Number of pages11
JournalChild Psychiatry and Human Development
Volume30
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Depression
  • School Functioning
  • Self-Image

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Masi, G., Sbrana, B., Poli, P., Tomaiuolo, F., Favilla, L., & Marcheschi, M. (2000). Depression and school functioning in non-referred adolescents: A pilot study. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 30(3), 161-171.

Depression and school functioning in non-referred adolescents : A pilot study. / Masi, Gabriele; Sbrana, Barbara; Poli, Paola; Tomaiuolo, Francesco; Favilla, Letizia; Marcheschi, Mara.

In: Child Psychiatry and Human Development, Vol. 30, No. 3, 2000, p. 161-171.

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Masi, G, Sbrana, B, Poli, P, Tomaiuolo, F, Favilla, L & Marcheschi, M 2000, 'Depression and school functioning in non-referred adolescents: A pilot study', Child Psychiatry and Human Development, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 161-171.
Masi G, Sbrana B, Poli P, Tomaiuolo F, Favilla L, Marcheschi M. Depression and school functioning in non-referred adolescents: A pilot study. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. 2000;30(3):161-171.
Masi, Gabriele ; Sbrana, Barbara ; Poli, Paola ; Tomaiuolo, Francesco ; Favilla, Letizia ; Marcheschi, Mara. / Depression and school functioning in non-referred adolescents : A pilot study. In: Child Psychiatry and Human Development. 2000 ; Vol. 30, No. 3. pp. 161-171.
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