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You Don’t Bring Me Anything But Down: Adolescent Romance and Depression

Citation

Joyner, Kara & Udry, J. Richard (2000). You Don't Bring Me Anything But Down: Adolescent Romance and Depression. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 41(4), 369-91.

Abstract

What accounts for the sex difference in depression that emerges during the period of adolescence? We propose that females become more depressed than males in adolescence partly as a consequence of their involvement in romantic relationships. Using two waves of data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (N = 8,181), a study which began interviewing respondents in 1994, we compare change in levels of depression for adolescents with and without romantic involvement between interviews. Our results suggest that males and females who become romantically involved between interviews experience a larger increase in depression than their counterparts who do not; however, females experience a larger increase in depression than males in response to romantic involvement. Our results suggest that females' greater vulnerability to romantic involvement explains a large part of the emerging sex difference in depression during adolescence.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/2676292

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Journal of Health and Social Behavior

Author(s)

Joyner, Kara
Udry, J. Richard

Year Published

2000

Volume Number

41

Issue Number

4

Pages

369-91

Reference ID

1648