PMID: 7992635Jun 1, 1994Paper

Daily stress, depressive mood and suicidal ideation in Mexican adolescents

Acta psiquiátrica y psicológica de América latina
C González-Forteza, P Andrade Palos


Among adolescents--especially, early adolescents, social relationships with your peer group are an important element so that new, mature social relationships can be established, with your best friends (peers) competing with your family. Obviously, this new relationship system demands both negotiations and arrangements, while bearing on your emotional state. Hence, the importance of the daily psychosocial stress, since stress is related to the relationship between an individual and his or her environment--an environment likely to outmatch personal psychosocial resources. The present work is aimed at identifying a relationship between some social daily stressors, depressive disturbance, and suicidal ideation among Mexican adolescents. Findings suggest that among male and female adolescents, conflicts with the best friend correlate strongly with a depressive mood also tending to somatizing discomfort: Besides enduring negative affect and somatization, females also tend to feel awkward in their interpersonal relationships, and also suffer from suicidal ideation. So, it could be assessed that a depressive disturbance assumes a different psychopathoplastic expression according to subjects' gender.

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