Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 413–427 | Cite as

Adolescent Depressed Mood in a Multiethnic Sample

  • Judith M. Siegel
  • Carol S. Aneshensel
  • Bonnie Taub
  • Dennis P. Cantwell
  • Anne K. Driscoll


This research assessed whether there is an impact of race-ethnicity on depressed mood among adolescents, independent of socioeconomic status, whether gender differences in depressed mood are apparent within all race-ethnicity subgroups, and whether pubertal development influences depressed mood in a similar manner within gender and race-ethnicity subgroups. A three-stage, area probability sampling frame was utilized to select adolescents, ages 12–17 years, for an in-person interview. Depressed mood was assessed by the Children's Depression Inventory. Compared to Whites, African Americans, or Asian Americans, Latinos reported more symptoms of depressed mood, a finding that was independent of socioeconomic status. Advancing puberty was associated with depressed mood only among females, but the timing of pubertal changes, relative to ones peers, was related to depressed mood among both males and females, and among Latinos.


Gender Difference Socioeconomic Status Depressed Mood Sampling Frame Probability Sampling 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith M. Siegel
    • 1
  • Carol S. Aneshensel
    • 2
  • Bonnie Taub
    • 3
  • Dennis P. Cantwell
    • 4
  • Anne K. Driscoll
  1. 1.UCLA School of Public HealthLos Angeles
  2. 2.UCLA School of Public HealthUSA
  3. 3.UCLA School of Public HealthUSA
  4. 4.UCLA Neuropsychiatric InstituteUSA

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