Political Commentary and Opinion
When you have the Government Legislation with the use the Law Courts (misguided judges and lawyers) and removing children from their fathers, it is no wonder children are linked with symptoms of depression, and other medical problems brought on by those trash in the global elite and misguided governments for profits and who's main goal is to remove as many children from families (parents) as possible into today's society. One of the way the system of government tries to correct the problems, is to keep your children drugged up by the use of drug companies (Big Pharma leading the way, for cash profits, while government protect big pharma from being sued, when the simple fact is if children have both parents in there lives, there would be no need of drugs being used for depression.
How society is bent on Drugging up our Children for profit!
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
"Decreasing closeness with dad linked to symptoms of depression, study finds"
By Lorrayne Anthony
TORONTO (CP) - Fathers need to be involved with kids beyond the years of bedtime stories as teens can experience symptoms of depression if they feel dad is becoming less affectionate, a new study suggests.
"Young people who reported that their relationship with their father had increased in closeness, understanding and affection over time were more likely to have lower scores of symptoms of depression at ages 16 and 17, compared with young people who responded that their relationship got worse," said the Statistics Canada study released Wednesday.
Young people on average perceived more closeness in their relationship with their mother than their father.
The study, which examined the changes in young people's relationships during adolescence, found the more positive the relationship they have with a parent, the more positive their mental well-being.
"Even though parents' influence (during a child's adolescence) drops off on a whole bunch of things and is replaced by peer influences and kids' own independent choices, that doesn't mean that the emotional intimacy and connectedness between parents and children is unimportant through the teenage years," said Edmonton psychologist George Lucki, chair of the Alberta Alliance on mental health and mental illness.
"(It's) something people sometimes underestimate."
While many studies have looked at relationships teens have with parents, treating parents as a single unit, Tracy Bushnik, author of the Statistics Canada report, said this "study was trying to look at symptoms of depression among youth with respect to relationships with their mother and father separately."
The study also found youth who reported getting on well with their peers had fewer symptoms of depression.
"The relationship with their parents and their relationship with their
peers were equally significant in terms of reported depressive symptoms," Bushnik said from Ottawa.
The study was based on data from 908 young people in the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth. Those selected for this study had been interviewed every two years since 1994-95. Two time periods were considered: when the youth were aged 14 and 15 in 1998-99, and two years later in 2000-01 when the same youth were 16 and 17.
The measure in this study was not a diagnosis for clinical depression; rather the score provided a measure of the frequency of depressive symptoms, focusing on the occurrence and severity of the symptoms the previous week.
Youth were asked to respond to statements such as: I felt depressed; I felt I could not shake off the blues even with help from my family and friends; and I felt everything I did was an effort. Higher scores indicated a higher prevalence of depressive symptoms.
A higher proportion of young people reported stability in their relationship with their mother (40.8 per cent) over the two-year period, compared with those who reported it got worse (25.6 per cent). However there was little difference in the proportion of youth who reported that their relationship with their father worsened (33.3 per cent) or stayed
the same (32.3 per cent).
While these results occurred regardless of household income, or whether the teens lived in single-or two-parent families, a few gender differences were found.
"In general boys were more likely to give their fathers a higher score on closeness, understanding and affection than girls but the actual link between those relationships and depressive symptoms were the same for
boys and girls."
Females consistently reported more symptoms of depression than males.
At the ages of 14 and 15, girls reported higher levels of anxiety and were more likely than boys to report having suicidal thoughts (15.5 per cent compared with 6.9 per cent). At 16 and 17, young women had higher scores for symptoms of depression than did their male counterparts.
Meanwhile, another study released this week found that younger employees had the highest rates of depression in the workplace.
"Over the last three years we've seen a tremendous jump in anxiety rates among 20-29-year-old employees and depression rates among employees under 20 years-old are higher than any other group," Rod Phillips, president and CEO of WarrenShepell Research Group, said in a statement.
The company, which provides employee assistance programs, carried out the study looking at the links between age and the frequency of depression and anxiety symptoms.
The study found depression rates over a three-year period averaged 10.6 per cent for employees under 20 and 7.85 per cent for those aged 20-29. Depression symptoms dipped for those aged 30-49 but rose again (6.9 per cent) for those over 50 years of age.
These are kids that have grown up with parents going through separations or divorces, career changes, in addition to unrealistic images of what life should be like in the teens and 20s, and employers who aren't necessarily loyal to employees, notes Colleen Mac Dougall, a psychologist at Leadership for Life in Edmonton.
For instance, films depict movie stars like Kate Hudson in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days or Jennifer Garner in 13 going on 30 wearing fabulous designer togs or landing fabulous first jobs and meeting wonderful guys.
"The heart of the issue is that these young people are caught in a kind of time warp between what they think they are supposed to be able to do and what they want in their lifestyle and that they are in a situation where they can't make it happen," said Mac Dougall.
People tend to be really gung-ho when they first get a job, but after some time the employee wants a life - time away from work - while the employer expects the same keen behaviour to continue, Mac Dougall said, adding that eventually the person resents coming in to work and the anxiety level goes through the roof.
Lucki is anxious to see the continuation of Statistics Canada's longitudinal survey and follow the teens into adulthood as "more and more we are realizing that depression is not a single episodic illness. For many it's recurring and chronic."
"The cost of depression? Huge," he said, adding that the World Health Organization predicts that in 15 years, depression will be the second leading cause of health impairment worldwide.
The Canadian Press 2005