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Psicologia: Ciência e Profissão

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Abstract

CRUVINEL, Miriam  and  BORUCHOVITCH, Evely. Depressive symptoms in children: studies with two versions of CDI. Psicol. cienc. prof. [online]. 2008, vol.28, n.3, pp. 574-585. ISSN 1414-9893.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1414-98932008000300011.

The objective this study was to identify the prevalence of depressive sintomatology in two samples of public school basic education students of campinas. Two instrumennts were employed: the validated and reduced version of the child Depressive Inventory (CDI) and its original and translated version. The sample consisted of 169 from 3rd, 4th and 5th grades (study 1) and of 157 from 3rd and 4th grades (study 2). The prevalence of depressive sintomatology was 3, 55% in study 1 and 17% in study 2. No significant relationships emerged between demographic variables (age, gender, school grade, school retention) and depressive sintomatology in both studies As an increase in the rates of prevalence of this sintomatology has been evinced, there is a need for investigations with larger samples of basic education students, for directing efforts towards identifying risk and protection factors associated with the development of this disease, and towards refining its measurement instruments.

Keywords : Child Depression; Psychological Evaluation; Child Depression Inventory; Basic Education.

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