Violence : more likely in adolescents with depression

Health 15 August, 2017


Published the 15.08.2017 at 16: 15


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Depression in adolescents is associated with a higher risk of violent behavior, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP).

To achieve this, the authors reviewed data from three cohorts in the United Kingdom, the netherlands and Finland. They have found a link between depression in adolescence and the declaration, to the adult, or violent acts of propaganda for acts of violence.

Impulsivity, hostilié…

According to the team, from the university of Oxford, the effect of association remains limited. Thus, in the sample of Finnish, the authors have observed that 7.1% of individuals with depression had been convicted of one or more violent crimes, compared with 3.6 % in the general population. In the Dutch sample and uk, the association was slightly higher.

The mechanism of this link requires further research. The researchers evoke the impulsiveness, hostility and the failure of self-regulation as factors of explanation.

In any case, ” these results show the necessity to put in place a detection and support for early adolescent depression “, stress the authors. In France, the prevalence of depressive disorders reaches about 3% of children and 14 % of teens, according to Public Health France.