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CARDOSO, Hugo Ferrari; BORSA, Juliane Callegaro  and  SEGABINAZI, Joice Dickel. Mental health indicators in young adults: risk and protection factors. Est. Inter. Psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.9, n.3, suppl.1, pp. 3-25. ISSN 2236-6407.

Youth is characterized by important biological, psychological and social changes in which the individual experiences a gradual conquest of autonomy. Acknowledging youth as an important step of the vital cycle, the present study investigated indicatives of mental health and risk and protective factors, both individual and contextual, in Brazilian university youngsters. Participants were 270 undergrad students (75.6% women), with ages between 18 and 24 years old (M = 20.3; SD = 1.87), from three different Brazilian states, whom responded to a protocol composed by standardized questionnaires. Results indicated that individuals with a depression diagnostic reposted higher levels of negative affect, anxiety and depression. Furthermore, depression symptoms were negatively correlated with individual and contextual variables that may act as protective factors to mental health. These and other results of the present study are discussed according to the literature.

Keywords : Youth; Depression; Risk Factors.

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