Recently published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, the study was based on surveys of hundreds of teenagers at middle and high schools across the country. Based on their findings, researchers conclude that all depressed teenagers, especially young females who experience teenage depression, are at a dramatically higher risk of being victimized by domestic violence later in adulthood.
Young women who were identified as adolescent depression sufferers were a stunning 86% more likely to report being hit, publicly humiliated, or otherwise victimized by a partner. The study’s authors, based at the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine, also found that teenage depression sufferers were more likely to be cohabitating with an abusive partner five years after the onset of adolescent depression symptoms. Women with a history of depression were also found to be less likely to leave a relationship once abuse becomes apparent. Researchers suggested that women with histories of teenage depression may feel more dependent, emotionally or financially, on their partners than women with no history of depression.