Research :: Researchers link adolescent depression with unhealthy relationships in young adulthood

This study, led by researchers at Child Trends through a partnership with NAHIC, examined data that were analyzed from 6,763 heterosexual adults who completed three waves of Add Health (the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, a nationally representative study).

The researchers found that young, heterosexual adults who reported depressive or suicidal symptoms during adolescence are significantly more likely to report:

  • Violence in their adult romantic relationships.
  • Sexual infidelity—their own or a partner’s—in their relationships.

Because they knew it might be possible to attribute these findings to demographic differences, researchers controlled for age, gender, parent education, family structure, income and race/ethnicity.

The study’s findings call attention to:

  • The long-term importance of helping adolescents dealing with depression or suicidal symptoms, as well as identifying and helping adolescents at risk for these problems.
  • The need for research exploring specific factors (such as poor problem-solving or communications skills, or past victimization) that impact relationship outcomes for this population, and for translating the results of that research for practitioners.

To view the entire brief, please click here:  Measuring Associations Between Symptoms of Depression and Suicide in Adolescence and Unhealthy Romantic Relationships in Young Adulthood



Depression, Mental/Behavioral Health, Reports, Risky Behavior, Transitions & Trajectories


October 23, 2013


Adolescent and Young Adult Health in the United States in the Past Decade: Little Improvement and Young Adults Remain Worse Off Than Adolescents

This review paper, entitled Adolescent and Young Adult Health in the United States in the Past Decade: Little Improvement and Young Adults Remain Worse Off  Than Adolescents, was published by researchers at the National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center (NAHIC). The paper has two aims: (1) to examine trends in key indicators in outcomes, […]

Access & Utilization | Data and Monitoring | Journal Articles | Mortality | Risky Behavior | Socio-demographic disparities | Trends | Young Adults

A Federal Monitoring System for Early Adult Health

This 2008 article reviews existing federal data collection efforts and reporting systems to identify what pieces currently exist to support an effective health monitoring system for young adults.

Data and Monitoring | Guidelines/Recommendations | Journal Articles | Transitions & Trajectories | Young Adults

Stress and Stress Management Among Youth and Young Men

This 2008 article examines research related to stress and stress management, with a focus on young males.

Journal Articles | Males | Mental/Behavioral Health | Young Adults

National Network of State Adolescent Health Coordinators Assessment

This preliminary report highlights the key findings of the 2005-06 National Network of State Adolescent Health Coordinators (NNSAHC) assessment.

Archives | Reports

Profiles of Adolescents Who are Not in Good Health

Only a small proportion of American adolescents are described by a parent as being only in fair or poor health. However, a 2014 brief from Child Trends, presents national data showing that these youth differ from their reportedly healthier peers on several health, family, school and neighborhood characteristics. This brief provides a comprehensive portrait of […]

Data and Monitoring | Families | Reports | Social Determinants of Health | Socio-demographic disparities | State Data