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Family Involvement Lowers Teen Depression

Family Involvement Lowers Teen DepressionA new study of Chinese-American youth has found that family obligation plays a positive role in the mental health of Chinese-American adolescents and may prevent symptoms of depression in later teenage years.

The family duties could include caring for siblings or helping elders.

Published in the Journal of Family Psychology, the study found that 14-year-olds who reported a greater sense of family obligation reported fewer depressive symptoms by the time they reached 16.

The findings suggest that family obligation may be protective against depressive symptoms.

The authors suggest that a greater sense of family obligation in the early teenage years could provide teenagers with a strong family bond that makes them feel secure even when they move through adolescence and become more autonomous.

The longitudinal study surveyed 218 Chinese-American teenagers over a two-year period. As participants grew older, their actions to help and support their families decreased.

However, their attitude and respect toward their families remained stable, indicating that immigrant adolescents continue to endorse their traditional cultural values even when their behaviors suggest they are becoming less traditional.

Source: San Francisco State University

Family Involvement Lowers Teen Depression

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Family Involvement Lowers Teen Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 24, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2009/06/05/family-involvement-lowers-teen-depression/6327.html

 

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