Association between Behavioral Patterns of Parents with Depression and Suicidal Thoughts among Adolescents.

zargham borujeni, Ali. and Yazdani, Mohsen. and Yazdannik, Ahmadreza. (2001) Association between Behavioral Patterns of Parents with Depression and Suicidal Thoughts among Adolescents. journal of shahrekord university of medical sciences, 3 (2).


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Depression, one of the most common psychiatric disorders in the world, is common among adolescents. Social and psychology scientists believe that if the family plays its roles correctly in social, educative and cultural areas , they could make healthy and normal members for the society. Otherwise psychological and personality disorders will appear in the society especially among children and adolescents. So, the role of parents and interpersonal relationships with adolescents seem to be important in development and continuation of their depression, hopelessness and suicide. The object of this study is to determine association between patterns of parental behaviors with depression and suicidal thoughts among adolescents. This study is a cross-sectional, correlative research performed in 15 high schools in Isfahan- Iran. In this research, data have been collected with a questionnaire. Then, the patterns of parent-adolescent relationships have been categorized into 7 categories by the vie wpoint of the adolescents regarding content of care and protection. The final number of samples in this study was 323 adolescents at ages between 14-17 years. levels of depression and frequency of suicidal thoughts among adolescents in each category have been surveyed, and tested by One-Way ANOVA and Chi-square statistical tests by SPSS statistical software. Prevalence of depression and suicidal thoughts among adolescent students were about 43.4 and 32.7 percent respectively. The highest mean depression score(27.7) and the highest frequency of suicidal thoughts(58.3 percent) have been seen among adolescents who described their parents’ behavior as “Autocratic” and the less mean depression score(10.4) and the less frequency of suicidal thoughts(11.6 percent) have been seen among those who described to have “Democratic” parents. Also, we have found that with decreasing “control” and increasing “care” in parent-adolescent relationships, the mean depression score and relative frequency of suicidal thoughts have been decreased. These findings were significant with one-way ANOVA and Chi-square statistical tests with p=0.00 in both cases. Parent-adolescent relationship has an important role in mental health of adolescents. According to the findings of this study, the best behavior from parents is to give the adolescents more freedom and having such a relationship with them that they feel to be in love and at support, but not in continuous control

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Parents, Adolescent, Depression, Suicide
Subjects: WM Psychiatry
Divisions: Reserach Vice-Chancellar Department > Journal of Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences
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Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2017 07:49
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2018 09:04

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