The connection between academic achievement and dpression among adolescent girls and boys


The connection between academic achievement and dpression among adolescent girls and boys

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dc.contributor.advisor Crosnoe, Robert
dc.creator Callicoatte, Alison Noel, 1970- 2012-10-09T13:55:05Z 2012-10-09T13:55:05Z 2008-12 2012-10-09
dc.description.abstract This dissertation applies the life course framework to understanding gender differences in the connection between academic performance and mental health. The premise for this study is based on the paradox that girls perform better in school but get less of a boost to their sense of well being from their achievement relative to boys. The life course perspective focuses both on how different pathways, such as academics and mental health, intertwine and the need to study important transitions, such as the transition from adolescence to young adulthood. This research addresses this transition by considering the consequences of the gender paradox on college enrollment and persistence. The quantitative analyses utilize Waves I, II, and III of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). Results indicate that academic performance and depression were positively correlated for girls and negatively correlated for boys. Adolescent gender differences in depression are driven by the high achieving segment of the student population because girls tend to get less of a mental health boost from earning good grades across the board. This is especially pronounced in high school. The end result is a slight chipping away at the well-documented advantages girls have in postsecondary education.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights Copyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.
dc.subject.lcsh Academic achievement
dc.subject.lcsh Sex differences in education
dc.subject.lcsh Depression in adolescence
dc.subject.lcsh Teenage girls--Mental health
dc.subject.lcsh Teenage boys--Mental health
dc.title The connection between academic achievement and dpression among adolescent girls and boys
dc.description.department Sociology
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material text Sociology Sociology The University of Texas at Austin Doctoral Doctor of Philosophy

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