ASSOCIATION BETWEEN DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS AND SELF-ESTEEM AMONG ADOLESCENTS

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Mohammed Fadhil Ali, Saja H. Mohammed

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The correlation between depressive symptoms and self-esteem among adolescents is a highly researched topic that is essential to the creation of efficient support networks and therapies for potentially vulnerable adolescents.


Objective: To investigate the association between depressive symptoms and self-esteem among adolescents in secondary school.


Materials and Methods:  A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted and a stratified random sample of (385) students from (12) secondary schools was selected randomly from (56) secondary schools during the period from 15th October to 1st September. The study instrument consists of three parts, the first was related to socio-demographic data, the second consisted of Burn’s Depression Scale (BDS), the third part consisted of Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSS).


 Results: the findings of the investigation show that the participants had moderate level of depressive symptoms with total mean of scores (m.s=1.8), where (10.6%) had sever depressive symptoms, (63.6%) had moderate depressive symptoms and (25.7%) had mild depressive symptoms, and their self-esteem was high with total mean of scores (m.s=2.51), Where the study showed that (58.4%) of study participants with high level, (34.3%) of them with moderate level, and (7.3%) of them had low self-esteem. Study results indicate there was inverse linear correlation between depressive symptoms and self-esteem (r= -0.112, p=0.029) among adolescents at a p-value ≤ 0.05.


Conclusions:  Study results indicate that there was an inverse linear relationship between depressive symptoms and self-esteem among adolescents. Researchers emphasize the importance of educating parents, teachers, and other caregivers about the importance of creating a supportive and nurturing environment for adolescents, which can help bolster their self-esteem and reduce the risk of developing depressive symptoms.


 

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Saja H. Mohammed, M. F. A. (2024). ASSOCIATION BETWEEN DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS AND SELF-ESTEEM AMONG ADOLESCENTS. Obstetrics and Gynaecology Forum, 34(3s), 2169–2172. Retrieved from http://obstetricsandgynaecologyforum.com/index.php/ogf/article/view/647
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