The Impact of Academic Achievement and Parental Practices on Depressive Symptom Trajectories Among Chinese Adolescents

Xingna Qin, Tessa Kaufman*, Lydia Laninga-Wijnen, Ping Ren, Yunyun Zhang, Rene Veenstra

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    Abstract

    Though depressive symptoms tend to increase in early adolescence, the trajectories of these symptoms may vary strongly. This longitudinal study investigated the extent to which the distinct developmental trajectories of depressive symptoms were predicted by adolescents' academic achievement and perceived parental practices in a sample of Chinese young adolescents (N = 2,576). The results showed four trajectory profiles of depressive symptoms: low-stable (75%), low-increasing (11%), high-stable (9%), and high-decreasing (5%). Adolescents with high academic achievement were more likely to be classified into the low-stable, low-increasing, and high-decreasing profiles than into the high-stable depressive symptom profile. Moreover, students who perceived greater parental autonomy support were more likely to be in the low-stable and low-increasing profiles than the high-stable profile, whereas adolescents perceiving more parental psychological control had higher odds of being in the low-increasing rather than the low-stable profile. Parental educational involvement was unrelated to students' depressive symptom trajectories. In sum, Chinese adolescents with higher academic achievement and who perceived more parental autonomy support, and less psychological control, were at lower risk of experiencing depressive symptoms.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1359-1371
    Number of pages13
    JournalResearch on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
    Volume49
    Issue number10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct-2021

    Keywords

    • Depressive symptom trajectories
    • Chinese adolescents
    • Academic achievement
    • Parental autonomy support
    • Psychological control
    • educational involvement
    • DEVELOPMENTAL TRAJECTORIES
    • UNITED-STATES
    • SOCIOECONOMIC-STATUS
    • HIGH-SCHOOL
    • PREDICTORS
    • CHILDREN
    • METAANALYSIS
    • INVOLVEMENT
    • COMPETENCE
    • PREVALENCE

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