Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 27, Issue 6, pp 719–734

A Longitudinal Study of Self-Awareness and Depressed Mood in Adolescence

  • Hongtu Chen
  • David Mechanic
  • Steve Hansell

DOI: 10.1023/A:1022809815567

Cite this article as:
Chen, H., Mechanic, D. & Hansell, S. Journal of Youth and Adolescence (1998) 27: 719. doi:10.1023/A:1022809815567


The relationship between longitudinal variations of self-awareness and depressed mood in 479 adolescents was examined across four waves of data collection over a seven-year period. Self-awareness was significantly associated with depressed mood, and this association was strongest during midadoles-cence. Regression analyses of changes of depressed mood over time suggest mutual influence between self-awareness and depressed mood. Stressful life events, such as pubescent changes and the relationship with significant others, explained variations in self-awareness. Different influences of these life events were important at varying stages of adolescence.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hongtu Chen
    • 1
  • David Mechanic
    • 2
  • Steve Hansell
    • 3
  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick
  2. 2.Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick
  3. 3.Department of SociologyRutgers UniversityPiscataway