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Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 299-304

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Health habits and depression in adolescence

  • Stuart L. KaplanAffiliated withLong Island Jewish-Hillside Medical CenterHealth Sciences Center, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • , Michael NussbaumAffiliated withLong Island Jewish-Hillside Medical CenterHealth Sciences Center, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • , Phyllis SkomorowskyAffiliated withLong Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center
  • , I. Ronald ShenkerAffiliated withLong Island Jewish-Hillside Medical CenterHealth Sciences Center, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • , Patricia RamseyAffiliated withLong Island Jewish-Hillside Medical CenterQuantitative Methods and Administrative Computer Systems, Hofstra University

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Abstract

In a study of the relationship between health habits and depression, 80 high school students, selected on an availability basis, were administered a Health Behaviors Questionnaire (HBQ) and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). The HBQ and the BDI significantly correlated (r=0.43p<0.01). Those who smoked were more frequently depressed than those who did not (X 2=10.5p<0.05), and those who used drugs other than marijuana were depressed more frequently than those who did not (X 2=9.2p<0.01). Mildly overweight boys (overweight by more than 5% of their ideal weight) and mildly under-weight boys (underweight by more than 5% of their ideal weight) were more