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Understanding sex differences in depressive symptomatology among Malaysian adolescents


Barra, Sharisse May Mate and Baharudin, Rozumah and Zulkefly, Nor Sheereen and Yahya, Amira Najiha and Madon, Zainal (2019) Understanding sex differences in depressive symptomatology among Malaysian adolescents. Recoletos Multidisciplinary Research Journal, 7 (1). pp. 64-79. ISSN 2244-6710


Depressive symptomatology is among the primary psychological problems experienced by adolescents. Extant literature has also extensively reported sex diferences in the occurrence of depressive symptoms. However, a majority of related research has primarily been carried out in the Western context. Hence, we conducted a study to identify the prevalence of depressive symptoms among Malaysian adolescents, and to determine its relationship with certain risk factors as well as the potential moderating role of sex. The sample comprised of 964 adolescents from 20 secondary schools across Malaysia. Logistic regression results demonstrated that stressful life events and maternal verbal aggression signifcantly predicted symptoms of depression. In moderation tests, sex signifcantly interacted with stressful life events and parental verbal aggression in predicting depressive symptoms. Hence, there is evidence to suggest that the depressogenic impact of stressful life events and parental verbal aggression on depressive symptomatology difers between male and female adolescents.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Human Ecology
Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.32871/rmrj1907.01.06
Publisher: KITE E-Learning Solutions
Keywords: Adolescents; Depressive symptoms; Parental verbal aggression; Sex; stressful life events
Depositing User: Mr. Sazali Mohamad
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2020 03:15
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2020 03:15
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/82667
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