Children who have experienced parental separation and the factors that influence depression risk
Dr Laura Deegan (nee Di Manno)
Approximately one in four Australian children will experience parental divorce or separation prior to age 18. This study investigated the characteristics, traits and qualities of young people (at age 13-18 years) and their families that might account for differences in mental health outcomes (i.e. at age 19-20 years) following parental separation in childhood. In particular, the researchers were interested in exploring young people’s risk for depression in emerging adulthood and the extent to which each young person’s unique personality, relationships with parents and friends, and family economic situation might account for differences in depression risk.