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Adolescent girls are at higher risk for depression than adolescent boys according to research statistics. Why this is true is uncertain.
It seems that male and female adolescents react similarly to stress. However, young women generally experience more interpersonal stress than young men do, according to recent research.
Our cognitive style, or how we think about things, affects our mood. A negative cognitive style, and constantly thinking over past negative events (rumination) makes us more vulnerable to depression.
According to the research:
“Simply put, if boys and girls had been exposed to the same number of stressors, both would have been likely to develop rumination and negative cognitive styles,” said researcher Jessica Hamilton of Temple University.
The next step for researchers is to discover exactly why girls experience more interpersonal stress than boys. It might be owed to societal expectations for girls, the way girls are socialized, the way female adolescents relate to each other, or something unexpected.
If you are a young woman experiencing depressive symptoms, it might be that exposure to interpersonal stress is causing or contributing to your distress.
Source: Science Daily
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