Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 299–304 | Cite as

Health habits and depression in adolescence

  • Stuart L. Kaplan
  • Michael Nussbaum
  • Phyllis Skomorowsky
  • I. Ronald Shenker
  • Patricia Ramsey
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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 (X2=10.5p<0.05), and those who used drugs other than marijuana were depressed more frequently than those who did not (X2=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

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stuart L. Kaplan
    • 3
    • 1
  • Michael Nussbaum
    • 3
    • 1
  • Phyllis Skomorowsky
    • 3
  • I. Ronald Shenker
    • 3
    • 1
  • Patricia Ramsey
    • 3
    • 2
  1. 1.Health Sciences CenterState University of New York at Stony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Quantitative Methods and Administrative Computer SystemsHofstra UniversityUSA
  3. 3.Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical CenterGlen Oaks

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