Recent research shows that while teenage years can be a difficult time for most, there is evidence that shows stress levels higher in teen girls than in boys.
Findings published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science report that increased rates of depression and incidents of trouble are more likely to occur among girls than among teenage boys.
In a news release the lead author of the study, Jessica Hamilton of Temple University explained the significance of the findings. “These findings draw our focus to the important role of stress as a potential causal factor in the development of vulnerabilities to depression, particularly among girls, and could change the way that we target risk for adolescent depression. Although there is a range of other vulnerabilities that contribute to the emergence of girls’ higher rates of depression during adolescence, our study highlights an important malleable pathway that explains girls’ greater risk of depression.”
382 Caucasian and African American teens participated in the ongoing longitudinal study. They completed self reports at an initial assessment and follow ups every seven months.