A new study from Australia isolated three factors that put young people at higher risk for suffering from teen depression:
- Low levels of flexibility and positive mood
- Overprotective yet low-nurturing parents
- A pattern of suppressing the expression of emotions.
Researchers from Monash University compared 44 teenagers with self-reported depressive symptoms to 44 teenagers without such symptoms. The subjects were matched by age, gender and ethnicity. The depressed teens tended to be less flexible, less positive, and less emotionally expressive.
This study appeared in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology.