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The Relationship between Gender, Age, Depression and Academic Achievement

Rumaya Bte Juhari1, Ma'rof Redzuan1, Mariani Bte Mansor1, Fayegh Yousefi2 and Mansor Abu Talib1
  • 1 University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
  • 2 Kurdistan University of Medical Science, Iran
Current Research in Psychology
Volume 1 No. 1, 2010, 61-66


Submitted On: 9 December 2009 Published On: 30 June 2010

How to Cite: Juhari, R. B., Redzuan, M., Mansor, M. B., Yousefi, F. & Talib, M. A. (2010). The Relationship between Gender, Age, Depression and Academic Achievement. Current Research in Psychology, 1(1), 61-66.


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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  • Depression
  • academic achievement
  • age and gender