Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 301–307

Incidence of depression in early adolescence: A preliminary study

  • Nina Albert
  • Aaron T. Beck

DOI: 10.1007/BF01536895

Cite this article as:
Albert, N. & Beck, A.T. J Youth Adolescence (1975) 4: 301. doi:10.1007/BF01536895


The authors wished to determine whether depression was present in an early adolescent nonpatient identified school population. Questionnaires were administered to seventh and eighth grade students in a parochial extended elementary school. The findings indicated that 33.3% of this school population were experiencing moderate to severe depression and 35% of the sample acknowledged current suicidal ideation. A comparison of mean scores showed a trend toward more depressive symptomatology in the eighth grade, possibly indicating a developmental critical period. A correlation of individual scores and teacher ratings suggests that teacher evaluation may have some direct effect on the student's emotional health. The authors make specific suggestions for promoting improved mental health in a school setting.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nina Albert
    • 1
    • 2
  • Aaron T. Beck
    • 3
  1. 1.St. Colman SchoolArdmore
  2. 2.Resources for WomenUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia
  3. 3.University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia
  4. 4.Philadelphia General HospitalPhiladelphia