• Project Title: Studying the Relationship between Depressive Disorders in Adolescents and their Environments

  • BASIS Advisor: Dr. Allison James

Environmental factors, such as family and school environments, can significantly contribute to developing and exacerbating depressive symptoms in adolescents. Understanding how these factors interact with depression is crucial for supporting this vulnerable population's mental health and well-being. This study explores the relationship between depressive disorders in adolescents and their environment, with a focus on the impact of family and school settings.
Through a comprehensive literature review, I plan to identify specific environmental factors that may increase the risk of depression in adolescents, including family dynamics, social support, academic stress, and peer relationships. I expect my findings to reveal the impacts of several important factors on adolescent mental health. These factors include but are not limited to parental conflict, poor communication, lack of emotional support, excessive workload, high academic expectations, social isolation, bullying, and negative peer influences. The study's results may inform the development of targeted interventions, such as family-based therapy, school-based mental health programs, and peer support groups, to reduce the prevalence and impact of depressive disorders in adolescents. Ultimately, creating supportive environments that promote positive mental health outcomes can help adolescents navigate the challenges of adolescence and promote their long-term well-being.