Depression in Adolescence

Anne C. Petersen, Bruce E. Compas, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Mark Stemmler, Sydney Ey, Kathryn E. Grant

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Adolescence is an important developmental period for understanding the nature, course, and treatment of depression. Recent research concerned with depressive mood, syndromes, and disorders during adolescence is reviewed, including investigations of the prevalence, course, risk factors, and prevention and treatment programs for each of these three levels of depressive phenomena in adolescence. A broad biopsychosocial perspective on adolescent depression is recommended, and possible directions for future integrative research are proposed. Based on current research and knowledge, implications for research, program, and national policy are considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-168
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Psychologist
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1993
Externally publishedYes


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Petersen, A. C., Compas, B. E., Brooks-Gunn, J., Stemmler, M., Ey, S., & Grant, K. E. (1993). Depression in Adolescence. American Psychologist, 48(2), 155-168.