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Domestic violence leads depression in teens

A study says that teenagers who witness domestic violence are more likely to suffer from depression.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 13:01 IST

A new study has found that teenagers who witness domestic violence between their parents are significantly more likely to suffer from symptoms of depression.

The study, of adolescents in the Philippines, was conducted by Michelle Hindin, PhD, a researcher at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Socorro Gultiano, PhD, of the University of San Carlos in the Philippines.

As a part of the study, the researchers studied data from 2,051 young men and women aged 17 to 19, collected from the 2002 Cebu Longitudinal Health Nutrition Survey.

The researchers found that one in ten of the male adolescents and one in five of the female adolescents had contemplated suicide occasionally or most of the time in the four weeks preceding the survey.

Dr Hindin said that while young men reported most depression symptoms when they recalled mutual violence between their parents, adolescent women, on the other hand, reported the most depressive symptoms when they recalled that a parent needed medical attention as a result of the violence.

"We found that young women reported the most depressive symptoms when they recalled that a parent needed medical attention as a result of domestic violence. Young men reported the most symptoms when they recalled mutual violence between their parents," she said.

The study will be published in the April 2006 edition of the American Journal of Public Health.