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Title: Predicting factors for risk of depression in adolescents with learning disorders
Authors: Manika Phetcharat
Wimolnun Putdivarnichapong
Yajai Sitthimongkol
Suporn Apinuntavech
Naresuan University
Mahidol University
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 29-Nov-2012
Citation: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand. Vol.95, No.11 (2012), 1480-1484
Abstract: Objective: To study the predicting factors for risk of depression in adolescents with learning disorders. Material and Method: One hundred adolescent patients with learning disorders between 10 and 19 years of age were included in this study. The data were collected by using four questionnaires and analyzed using descriptive statistics, Pearson's product moment correlation coefficient, and stepwise regression technique. Results: The sample was composed of 77 males (77%) and 23 females (23%) with a mean age of 13.25 (SD = 2.49). Most of the samples (42%) were in secondary elementary school. The subtype found most was specific spelling disorder (76%), and the comorbidity found most was Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (81%). The self-esteem predicted 23% of the variation in risk of depression. The power of prediction was increased to 27% and 32% respectively when gender and family functioning was added respectively. However, the comorbidity could not predict risk of depression. Conclusion: Development of an intervention program to reduce the risk of depression in adolescents with learning disorders is recommended. This program should be aimed to increase self-esteem, focus on the concern with gender differences, and strengthen family functioning.
ISSN: 01252208
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2011-2015

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