Childhood Behavior Problems May Lead to Emotional Problems for Teens
The risk for adolescent depression may start much earlier than adolescence, say researchers from the Universities of Montreal and Oslo. According to their findings, children who exhibit disruptive behavior early in childhood may be more likely to lack friends in elementary school, which can in turn lead to feelings of loneliness and depression. Said Sara Pedersen, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Montreal's Research Unit on Children's Psychosocial Maladjustment and lead author of the study, "These results suggest that interventions to prevent adolescent depression and loneliness should target elementary school peer relationships."
The study appears in the July/August 2007 issue of Child Development.
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