Quarter of 14-year-old girls 'have signs of depression'

A quarter of girls and nearly one in 10 boys show signs of depression at the age of 14, say UK researchers.

 

The government-funded study of over 10,000 young people looked at how many experienced the signs of depression not a clinical diagnosis of one.

 

Being from a poorer background or being of mixed or white ethnic background appeared to raise the risk.

 

Surveys with their parents, however, suggested many were not attuned to the true anxieties of their children.

 

Parents often underestimated daughters' stress and had concerns about sons that the boys themselves did not voice.

 

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