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International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health

Editor-in-Chief: Merrick, Joav

Editorial Board Member: Birch, Diana ML / Blum, Robert W. / Furniss, Tilman / Greydanus, MD, Dr. HC (Athens), Donald E. / Hardoff, Daniel / Kerr, Mike / Levy, Howard B / Morad, Mohammed / Omar, Hatim A. / de Paul, Joaquin / Rydelius, Per-Anders / Shek, Daniel T.L. / Sher, Leo / Silber, Tomas J. / Towns, Susan / Urkin, Jacob / Verhofstadt-Deneve, Leni / Zeltzer, Lonnie

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Depression in adolescents with chronic medical illness

1 / Somashekar Ankanahalli Ramu1 / Parampalli Padmanabha Maiya1

1Department of Pediatrics, MS Ramaiah Medical College and Hospital, Mathikere, Bangalore, India

Corresponding author: Chandrika Rao, MD, 46 Surveyor Street, Basavanagudi, Bangalore 560004, IndiaPhone: +80-23609999, Fax: +80-23601924

Citation Information: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. Volume 23, Issue 3, Pages 205–208, ISSN (Online) 2191-0278, ISSN (Print) 0334-0139, DOI: 10.1515/ijamh.2011.045, August 2011

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Chronic illness can lead to anxiety and depression in both parents and their adolescents. The identification of predictor variables would greatly assist pediatricians and parents in identifying children at risk for prolonged depression. Findings indicate that age and gender of the adolescent and duration of illness did not affect the depression score, but type of illness affected the score significantly. This article illustrates the fact that pediatricians can use the Beck Depression Inventory to identify depression and guide parents and adolescents to adequate medical care.

Keywords: Beck Depression Inventory; chronic illness; depression

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