Psychology, Interamerican
Gender and age-related differences in depressive symptoms and health behaviors among Mexican youth
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Keywords

Adolescents
Depression
Health behaviors
Mexico

How to Cite

Raffaelli, M., Andrade, F. C., Poppe, E. M., Sanchez-Armass, O., Vazquez Vidal, I., & Aradillas Garcia, C. (2013). Gender and age-related differences in depressive symptoms and health behaviors among Mexican youth. Revista Interamericana De Psicología/Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 47(1). https://doi.org/10.30849/rip/ijp.v47i1.204

Abstract

Gender- and age-related differences in, and behavioral health correlates of, depressive symptoms were examined in 5152 Mexican university applicants aged 16-21 (55% female). Participants self-reported depressive symptoms (CESD-10) and health behaviors (smoking, alcohol use, physical activity). Overall, and from ages 17 to 20, significantly more female than male respondents met the cut-off for depression (CESD-10 scores ≥10). Logistic regressions controlling for age and parental education indicated that depressed young women were 82% more likely to smoke and 20% less likely to exercise than their non-depressed peers; depressed young men were 30% more likely to drink than non-depressed males. Findings extend knowledge on the developmental course and health consequences of depression by examining these processes in an international setting.
https://doi.org/10.30849/rip/ijp.v47i1.204
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