Manifestation of Depression, Anxiety Symptoms & Coping Styles among Early & Late Adolescents

Author: Naila Yaqoob

Supervisor: Ms. Masha Maqbool

Degree: MS

Year: 2008-2010

University: Centre for Clinical Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The aim of present study was to determine the manifestation of depression, anxiety and coping styles among early and late adolescents. A purposive sample of 600 students (Boys=300; Girls=300) was divided into two age groups; early adolescents (13-15 years) and late adolescents (16-18 years). Cross Sectional Research Design was used. Participants were administered Beck Anxiety Inventory, Beck Depression Inventory-11 and Coping Strategies Questionnaire. Data was gathered through group administration. Data was analyzed using Independent Sample / test. The overall results of the study indicated that incidence of Anxiety and Depression was high among early adolescents as compare to the late adolescents. Whereas, females were found to be more prone to high anxiety and depression as compare to males. The findings suggest early and late adolescents each attempt to cope with stressors in a variety of ways. Results revealed active practical coping styles were more utilized by late adolescents and males. On the other hand, religious focused and avoidance focused coping styles were mostly used by the early adolescents and females. Moreover, there were no significant group and gender differences on active distractive coping styles. Results also highlight the need for stress management programs to be introduced in late childhood and early adolescence.

Keywords: Depression, Anxiety, Adolescents, Coping Styles.

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