Current Research in Psychology

The Relationship between Gender, Age, Depression and Academic Achievement

Fayegh Yousefi, Mariani Bte Mansor, Rumaya Bte Juhari, Ma'rof Redzuan and Mansor Abu Talib

DOI : 10.3844/crpsp.2010.61.66

Current Research in Psychology

Volume 1, Issue 1

Pages 61-66

Abstract

Problem statement: Depression is said to have a relationship with academic achievement. Thus, the purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship between age, depression and academic achievement among adolescents. Approach: The study was carried out among 400 students (200 boys and 200 girls) in the age range 15-19 years. The instrument used for data collection was the Beck Depression Inventory (21 item BDI). The analysis of data used correlation coefficient and t-test. Results: The results showed that 27.5% of the boys and 31.5% of the girls were depressed and that depression and academic achievement were significantly correlated, r = -0.22, p≤0.000. Also, based on results of the present study, age and academic achievement were significantly correlated (r = 0.23, p≤0.000). In addition there was significant difference of academic achievement between male and female, (t (1) = -5.47, p = 0.000). Conclusion/Recommendations: It is recommended that along with academic achievement, mental health be developed in school settings using support strategies such as educational guidance and counseling, teaching life skill programs and psychotherapy.

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© 2010 Fayegh Yousefi, Mariani Bte Mansor, Rumaya Bte Juhari, Ma'rof Redzuan and Mansor Abu Talib. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.