Research Proposal: Depression in Children & Adolescence - A Cause for Concern?

3274 Words Oct 11th, 2006 14 Pages
Introduction

Unhappiness among children and adolescents seems to be rising, but labeling it as depression and prescribing antidepressants are ineffective and possibly harmful, (Timimi, S (2005), isn't it about time we focus on the underlying reasons? Common misconceptions and responses to hearing that a child is depressed or has depression are, 'but what do they have to be depressed about?'. Just 40 years ago, many physicians doubted the existence of significant depressive disorders in children, primarily because they believed that children lacked the mature psychological and cognitive structure necessary to experience these problems. (www.aafp.org).

The reason why this matter is worthy of an investigation is because it is or perhaps
…show more content…
This negative view can lead to the feeling of lack of control and having a high risk of conflict, rejection, and low self-esteem (Asarnow, Carlson, & Guthrie, 1987). S, Timimi (2005) argues that the changes in organization of family life are contributing to childhood unhappiness with the new child centered permissive culture being a godsend to consumer capitalism. He suggests that there may be a genuine increase in the amount of unhappiness experienced by children as a result of growing up in a cultural context that has seen huge changes in child rearing practices, family structures, lifestyles and education. Changes in Western economies, working practice in competitive global markets and capitalism's need for never ending growth mean that more parents feel forced to work for longer hours. State support for children and families has been cut (particularly in the 1980s and 1990s), resulting in widespread child poverty. With the increase in the number of divorces and two working parents, fathers and mothers are around their children for less of the day, contributing to a generation of 'home aloners' - children who have largely to raise themselves. The problem I feel we are facing stems from ignorance of a fundamental law of human nature, namely that offspring need to learn from their parents. This need arises because, as so ably shown by Wilfred Trotter
Open Document