The relationship between gender, age, depression and academic achievement
Yousefi, Fayegh and Mansor, Mariani and Juhari, Rumaya and Redzuan, Ma'rof and Abu Talib, Mansor (2010) The relationship between gender, age, depression and academic achievement. Current Research in Psychology, 1 (1). pp. 61-66. ISSN 1949-0178
Problem statement: Depression is said to have a relationship with academic achievement. Thus, the purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship between age, depression and academic achievement among adolescents. Approach: The study was carried out among 400 students (200 boys and 200 girls) in the age range 15-19 years. The instrument used for data collection was the Beck Depression Inventory (21 item BDI). The analysis of data used correlation coefficient and t-test. Results: The results showed that 27.5% of the boys and 31.5% of the girls were depressed and that depression and academic achievement were significantly correlated, r = -0.22, p≤0.000. Also, based on results of the present study, age and academic achievement were significantly correlated (r = 0.23, p≤0.000). In addition there was significant difference of academic achievement between male and female, (t (1) = -5.47, p = 0.000). Conclusion/Recommendations: It is recommended that along with academic achievement, mental health be developed in school settings using support strategies such as educational guidance and counseling, teaching life skill programs and psychotherapy.
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