The Intergenerational Transmission of Depression in South African Adolescents

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dc.contributor.author Eyal, Katherine
dc.contributor.author Burns, Justine
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-09T12:44:18Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-09T12:44:18Z
dc.date.issued 2017-02
dc.identifier.citation Eyal, K., burns, J. (2017). The Intergenerational Transmission of Depression in South African Adolescents. A Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit Working Paper Number 200. Cape Town: SALDRU, University of Cape Town
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-928281-61-0
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/859
dc.description.abstract Nationally representative data to measure mental health is rare in South Africa. Estimates of the size of the intergenerational transmission of depression in Africa, and in South Africa, are not numerous, in particular using recent nationally representative data, or in the adolescent sample. South Africa has high rates of depression compared to other countries, in particular among adolescents. Very little mental health treatment is available to adolescents, and the results of poor mental health during adolescence are many - including earlier child bearing, poor education, higher levels of HIV infection and low rates of future employment, among others. Findings: We find that the size of the intergenerational transmission co-efficient is large. On average, 17% of South African teenagers suffer from depression. This figure increases to approximately 50% for teens whose parents suffer from depression. In addition, the direction of causality appears to run strongly from parent to child, and the mental health of parents in the current period is the most important determinant of teen mental health, as opposed to the mental health of parents in previous time periods. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Saldru Working Paper;200
dc.subject Mental health en_US
dc.subject Depression en_US
dc.subject Adolescents en_US
dc.subject National Income Dynamics Study en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.title The Intergenerational Transmission of Depression in South African Adolescents en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US


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