Lifestyle Behaviors and Depression in Adolescence

Lifestyle Behaviors and Depression in Adolescence

Different lifestyle behaviors have varied associations with depressive symptoms in children and adolescents, according to a study published in the International Journal of Mental Health Promotion (2022).

This study examined the associations between lifestyle behaviors and depressive symptoms among 13,677 adolescents providing self-reported data in the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).

A total of 36% of youth had depressive symptoms.

Among all the lifestyle behaviors included, participating in no sports teams, spending more than 2 h in video or computer games, sleeping less than 8 h nightly, not eating breakfast, alcohol use, and cigarette use were associated with higher odds of depressive symptoms.

Addressing multiple lifestyle behaviors in prevention and mental health programs may reduce the incidence of adolescents experiencing depressive symptoms.

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