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New Data Brief Examines Depressive Symptoms in Cuyahoga County Teens
Approximately 1 in 4 Cuyahoga County teens reported experiencing depressive symptoms, according to the PRCHN's new data brief, Depressive Symptoms in Cuyahoga County, which grew out of responses from the 2013 and 2014 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). The PRCHN regularly conducts this county-wide survey of high school (odd-numbered years) and middle school (even-numbered years) students.

Jean Frank, Manager of School-Based Surveillance and Education, noted that the data brief was written at the request of the YRBS Advisory Committee, which is made up of representatives from a variety of health and nonprofit organizations that work with and for youth. She states “While reviewing 2014 YRBS results, advisory committee members were struck by the high rates of depressive symptoms among middle school students; this data brief is a result of their concern. Once written, committee members requested that they write an accompanying piece with recommendations for prevention, recognition, and treatment of adolescent depression as well as some local resources. This was a remarkable effort and reflects their commitment to our youth.”

At both the high school and middle school levels, students who reported depressive symptoms participated in risk behaviors at much higher levels than did students not reporting depressive symptoms. The Data Brief examines which students are reporting depressive symptoms by region, gender, and race; the disparity in risk behaviors between those reporting depressive symptoms and those not; and resources and information for parents and teachers.

As the liaison between the PRCHN and the YRBS Advisory Committee, Frank has been involved in the development of this data brief from inception through writing. “The information described in this brief is important to more fully understand the influence of emotional health on adolescents’ overall health and behavior.”

Please click here to download Depressive Sadness among Cuyahoga County Adolescents or other data briefs based on YRBS data.
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