Child Trends- New Research: How Adolescent Depression Impacts Young Adult Relationships
April 11, 2013
New Research: How Adolescent Depression Impacts Young Adult Relationships
or suicidal symptoms during adolescence might do more than temporary
harm. Researchers at Child Trends have found that young adults who had
reported those symptoms as adolescents were more likely to be in
unhealthy relationships, characterized by violence or infidelity.
addition to their call for identifying and intervening with adolescents
with (or at risk of) depressive or suicidal symptoms, study authors
recommend that researchers explore specific factors (such as poor
problem-solving or communications skills, or past victimization) that
impact relationship outcomes for this population, and that practitioners
use the results of that research to target their interventions.
Trend Lines Blog: Early Childcare and Adolescent Mental Health
Who's Teaching our Toddlers?
Between infancy and toddlerhood, disparities between children from
low-income families and their higher-income peers nearly double. Quality
early childhood care is one intervention that could help more children
succeed, but there hasn't been across-the-board investment in or
research about the workforce providing this care. Nicole Forry,
a senior research scientist at Child Trends, lays out what we already
know about this workforce, and its implications for child development,
in her latest blog post.
Examining President Obama's Proposed Funding for Adolescent Mental Health: President
Obama announced plans for more than $200 million in mental health
spending, primarily for programs in schools. See how that might impact
the nation's adolescents in this post by Child Trends' David Murphey.
Research to Action
Child Trends' president, gave opening remarks about research on
low-income children at a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill this
week, in her capacity as a board member for
Reach Out and Read.
Noting that one in five U.S. children under age five is living in
poverty, she pointed out that children from low-income families start
out behind their peers in cognitive, health and behavioral measures, and
that the gap only widens as they age. Reach Out and Read is an
evidence-based literacy intervention program for children ages five and
under. Pediatricians give a new book to children during routine visits,
and talk to parents about the importance of reading to their children.
Child Trends on the Road
week, Child Trends' Karin Malm and Avis Thompson will present their
research on the efficacy of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption's Wendy's Wonderful Kids recruitment program at the Child Welfare League of America's national conference.