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


Are Adolescents Being Screened for Emotional Distress in Primary Care?

This 2009 paper assesses primary care providers’ rates of screening for emotional distress among adolescent patients and argues that primary care clinicians/systems need to better utilize the primary care visit to screen adolescents for emotional health.

Clinical Preventive Services | Mental/Behavioral Health | Mental/Behavioral Health Care

Tracking Adolescent Health Policy: An Annotated List, 2008 Update

This 2008 brief provides an annotated list of organizations and agencies that monitor trends in state and federal policies related to the 21 Critical Health Objectives.

Overviews/Fact Sheets | Reports | State Policy

Alcohol and Cigarette Use Among Adolescent and Young Adult Males

This 2007 article discusses clinical considerations for and summarizes national data on alcohol and cigarette use among male adolescents and young adults.

Journal Articles | Males | Risky Behavior | Socio-demographic disparities | Substance Use | Young Adults

Towards Meeting the Needs of Adolescents

In this 2004 report, we reviewed the existing “state of the state” information on selected adolescent health programs supported by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in seven content areas (health and well-being, fitness, family and peer relationships, school environment, smoking, alcohol and violence).

Families | Risky Behavior | State & Community Programs | Substance Use

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