Measuring associations between symptoms of depression and suicide in adolescence and unhealthy romantic relationships in young adulthood

Date: 2013
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)


Type:  Report
Author:  Bandy, T., Terzian, M. & Moore K. A.
Publisher:  Child Trends

Child Trends analyzed data from 6,763 heterosexual adults who completed all three waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health).  They found that young, heterosexual adults who reported depressive or suicidal symptoms during adolescence are significantly more likely to report violence in their adult romantic relationships and sexual infidelity—their own or a partner’s—in their relationships. The study points out long-term importance of helping adolescents dealing with depression or suicidal symptoms, as well as identifying and helping adolescents at risk for these problems and the need for research exploring specific factors (such as poor problem-solving or communications skills, or past victimization) that impact relationship outcomes for this population, and for translating the results of that research for practitioners.

Populations:  Adults Ages 26 to 55 Years, Adolescents
Settings:  Outpatient Mental Health
About Suicide:  Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior, Data and Statistics, Risk and Protective Factors, Depression/Bipolar, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Strategies:  Treatment