A new study from Southern Methodist University has identified risk factors that, when combined with depression, increase an adolescent’s risk for anxiety.
- Having a pessimistic outlook toward events and circumstances in their lives
- Having a mother with a history of an anxiety disorder
- Having the perception of a poor family relationship
The study spanned six years and included data from 240 children in city public schools and their mothers. All were assessed annually, beginning when the children were in sixth grade.
Based on these findings, the authors encourage early prevention efforts for depressed children who also have one of the three risk factors identified.
Author Chrystyna D. Kouros said in a press release from SMU:
The study, “Dynamic temporal relations between anxious and depressive symptoms across adolescence,” appeared in the journal Development and Psychopathology.