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Estudos Interdisciplinares em Psicologia

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BORGES, Lisandra  and  PACHECO, Janaína Thais Barbosa. Depressive symptoms, emotional self-regulation and family support: a study with children and adolescents. Est. Inter. Psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.9, n.3, suppl.1, pp. 132-148. ISSN 2236-6407.

Child depression leads to losses in different contexts of life, for both children and their families. The aim of the study was to verify the prevalence of depressive symptoms for a sample of schoolchildren and to search for the relationship between descriptors of depression, emotional self-regulation and perception of family support. As secondary objectives, we sought differences between sex and age. There were 546 children and adolescents, the majority (n = 276, 50.5%) boys, aged 8 to 18 years (M = 12.65, SD = 1.84). The instruments used were the Baptist Scale for Child Depression, the Battery for Children's Depression Indicators, the Emotional Self-Regulation Scale, and the Family Support Perception Inventory. The results indicated a prevalence of mild (4.8%), moderate (20.3%) and severe (15%) symptomatology. Depression was associated with difficulties of emotional self-regulation and perception of family support. It is concluded that the understanding of the expression of depressive symptomatology can contribute to early diagnosis and intervention.

Keywords : child depression; psychological assessment; child mental health.

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