The neurocognitive implications of depressive symptoms in youth
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Research indicates that cognitive and neuropsychological functions are adversely affected by symptoms of depression (Teeter & Semrud-Clikeman, 1997). In addition to deficits in attention and memory, depressive symptomatology may impact oneÃ¢ÂÂs executive functioning abilities. Over the last several decades, a number of studies have investigated the effects of internalizing symptoms on neurocognitive function in adults (e.g., Beats, Sahakian, & Levy, 1996; Channon & Green, 1999; Fossati, Coyette, Ergis, & Allilaire, 2002). However, little research is available confirming the presence of these adverse patterns in children and adolescents manifesting similar depressive symptoms. Although research suggests that children and adolescents who exhibit symptoms of depression often experience greater school and academic disruption (Mash & Barkley, 1996), it is unclear how symptoms of depression impair executive functioning skills in youth.
Gsanger, Kristen Marie (2005). The neurocognitive implications of depressive symptoms in youth. Doctoral dissertation, Texas A&M University. Texas A&M University. Available electronically from