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Research Proposal: Depression In Children & Adolescence A Cause For Concern?

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IntroductionUnhappiness 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. ( reason why this matter is worthy of an investigation is because it is or perhaps will inevitably become a serious social concern. This I feel is true because aren't children suppose to be the future? If this matter is left un dealt with, what will become of our future? I feel it is very important to start addressing the issues surrounding depression now in order to teach the next generation on how to be resilient against these matters if possible.I propose to investigate this matter further by looking at the social factors surrounding depression in contemporary Britain. I propose to seek out how this has happened by looking at the ontological aspect of this phenomena, I aim to prove that depression in children and adolescents is a major cause for concern in society. The epistemology of this social concern is also of great value to the research of this study as I intend on finding out why are our children and adolescents depressed? When carrying out research I found many books on the treatment for depression, with a lack about meanings behind it. I intend on investigating the sociological aspects concerned with depression in children and adolescent so that society can begin to understand more of the reality of its existence. Western society's ideas about childhood and child rearing have changed radically in the past 60 years. (Timimi, S (2005). The West's attitude to child rearing changed from viewing relations between adults and children primarily in terms of discipline and authority to a focus on permissiveness and individual rights. In addition, whereas the model used before the Second World War prepared children for the workplace within a society of scarcity, the post-war model prepared them to become pleasure seeking consumers (along with their parents) with economy. (Jenkins, H 1998). Is capitalism the underlying contributing factor - Or are there many? I aim to test 5 psychosocial variables associated with current, past and future depression of children and adolescence in order to establish any correlations. The five I intend on testing is age, gender, family (one or two parent family), class, current depression, nutrition.Literature ReviewS, Timimi (2005) identified that increasing numbers of children are being treated for depression, with at the end of 2003, over 50,000 children were being...

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