Brief report: delinquent behaviour and depression in middle adolescence: a Finnish community sample.

Tampere School of Public Health, University of Tampere and Tampere University Hospital, Adolescent ward, Tampere, Finland.
Journal of Adolescence (Impact Factor: 2.05). 03/2005; 28(1):155-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2004.07.002
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ABSTRACT A large number (N 50,569) of 14-16 year old Finnish adolescents taking part in the School Health Promotion Study were surveyed for delinquent behaviour in relation to depression. The results indicate a robust association between delinquency and depression. Among girls risk for depression varied between 1.3 and 3.1 according to various antisocial behaviours (the equivalent risk among boys was 1.3-2.5). Depression increased according to the frequency of delinquent behaviour. The results emphasize the importance of comprehensive clinical assessment and treatment of delinquent adolescents.

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