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Depressive symptoms, anxiety and academic motivation in youth: Do schools and families make a difference?
Uppsala University.
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology. Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, SCOHOST (Stockholm Centre on Health of Societies in Transition). National Centre for Neurology and Psychiatry (NCNP), Tokyo, Japan / University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.
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Yale University Medical School, New Haven, USA.
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2015 (English)In: Journal of Adolescence, ISSN 0140-1971, E-ISSN 1095-9254, Vol. 45, 174-182 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This longitudinal study aimed to examine the association between depressive and anxiety symptoms and academic motivation by gender, and whether positive school and family factors would be associated with academic motivation, in spite of the presence of such symptoms. Study participants were predominantly economically disadvantaged youths aged 13-15 years in a Northeastern US urban public school system. The Social and Health Assessment (SAHA) served as the basis for a survey undertaken in 2003 and 2004 with information being used from students who participated at both time points (N = 643). Multiple linear regression analyses showed that depressive symptoms were negatively associated with academic motivation, while anxiety was positively related to academic motivation in both genders. Teacher support, school attachment and parental control were positively related to academic motivation even in the presence of internalizing problems. The negative association of depressive symptoms with academic motivation may be potentially decreased by attachment to school.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-28628DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.08.003ISI: 000366785700018PubMedID: 26476790ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84944451330OAI: diva2:864314
Available from: 2015-10-26 Created: 2015-10-23 Last updated: 2016-01-15Bibliographically approved

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