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ROCHA, Tiago Humberto Rodrigues et al. Depressive symptoms in adolescents of a private school. PsicoUSF [online]. 2006, vol.11, n.1, pp. 95-102. ISSN 1413-8271.

This research has the main objective of evaluating the psychological condition of students at a private high school in the city of Uberaba-MG, Brazil. Evaluations were performed in the end of the second and third grades in high school and prior to doing the exams required to enter college/university. 791 students were evaluated using the SRQ-20 - Self Reporting Questionnaire. This test was devised by the World Health Organization and consists of 20 questions about symptoms and problems commonly seen in people with neurotic disorders. There were twice as many females in the group with symptoms of depression, with an increase of depression as the female students were approaching the university entrance exams. The manifestation of depression symptoms was noticed in 45,7% of the samples with a bigger prevalence of cases among women. The students have been advised to undergo psychological follow-up treatment.

Palavras-chave : Depression symptoms; High school students; University entrance evaluation; Adolescence.

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