Brief Report: "I Can't Talk About It:" Sexuality And Self-silencing As Interactive Predictors Of Depressive Symptoms In Adolescent Dating Couples

Title:
Brief Report: "I Can't Talk About It:" Sexuality And Self-silencing As Interactive Predictors Of Depressive Symptoms In Adolescent Dating Couples
Authors:
Little, Katherine C.; Welsh, Deborah P.; Darling, Nancy ( 0000-0003-3271-8132 ) ; Holmes, Rachel M.
Abstract:
This longitudinal study examined sexual intercourse within adolescent romantic relationships as a couple-level moderator of the association between adolescent individual characteristics and depressive symptoms. Two hundred nine middle- and older-adolescent dating couples (aged 14-17 and 17-21, respectively) reported on their own self-silencing, depressive symptoms, and sexual behaviors. At Time 1, frequency of sexual intercourse significantly moderated the relationship between self-silencing and depressive symptoms, such that adolescents higher in self-silencing engaging in more frequent sex were at risk for clinically significant levels of depression. Adolescents who were low in self-silencing were not at increased risk for depression, regardless of frequency of sex. Self-silencing also significantly predicted increases in depressive symptoms from Time 1 to Time 2. Implications include the possibility that frequent sex in highly self-silencing adolescents exacerbates psychological depletion believed to link self-silencing to depressive symptoms, and that this depletion compounds over time.
Citation:
Little, Katherine C., Deborah P. Welsh, Nancy Darling, and Rachel M. Holmes. 2011. "Brief Report: "I Can't Talk About It:" Sexuality And Self-silencing As Interactive Predictors Of Depressive Symptoms In Adolescent Dating Couples." Journal Of Adolescence 34(4): 789-794.
Publisher:
Elsevier
DATE ISSUED:
2011-08
Department:
Psychology
Type:
article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1016/j.adolescence.2010.04.006
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/310067

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dc.contributor.authorLittle, Katherine C.en_US
dc.contributor.authorWelsh, Deborah P.en_US
dc.contributor.authorDarling, Nancyen_US
dc.contributor.authorHolmes, Rachel M.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:24:32Zen
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:24:32Zen
dc.date.issued2011-08en
dc.identifier.citationLittle, Katherine C., Deborah P. Welsh, Nancy Darling, and Rachel M. Holmes. 2011. "Brief Report: "I Can't Talk About It:" Sexuality And Self-silencing As Interactive Predictors Of Depressive Symptoms In Adolescent Dating Couples." Journal Of Adolescence 34(4): 789-794.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0140-1971en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/310067en
dc.description.abstractThis longitudinal study examined sexual intercourse within adolescent romantic relationships as a couple-level moderator of the association between adolescent individual characteristics and depressive symptoms. Two hundred nine middle- and older-adolescent dating couples (aged 14-17 and 17-21, respectively) reported on their own self-silencing, depressive symptoms, and sexual behaviors. At Time 1, frequency of sexual intercourse significantly moderated the relationship between self-silencing and depressive symptoms, such that adolescents higher in self-silencing engaging in more frequent sex were at risk for clinically significant levels of depression. Adolescents who were low in self-silencing were not at increased risk for depression, regardless of frequency of sex. Self-silencing also significantly predicted increases in depressive symptoms from Time 1 to Time 2. Implications include the possibility that frequent sex in highly self-silencing adolescents exacerbates psychological depletion believed to link self-silencing to depressive symptoms, and that this depletion compounds over time.en_US
dc.publisherElsevieren_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.adolescence.2010.04.006en
dc.subject.departmentPsychologyen_US
dc.titleBrief Report: "I Can't Talk About It:" Sexuality And Self-silencing As Interactive Predictors Of Depressive Symptoms In Adolescent Dating Couplesen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalJournal Of Adolescenceen_US
dc.subject.keywordRomantic relationshipsen_US
dc.subject.keywordSexual behavioren_US
dc.subject.keywordSelf-silencingen_US
dc.subject.keywordDepressive symptomsen_US
dc.subject.keywordRejection sensitivityen_US
dc.identifier.volume34en_US
dc.identifier.issue4en_US
dc.identifier.startpage789en_US
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