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Child health
Depression in young adulthood is strongly linked to childhood and adolescent social environment
  1. Anne Mills
  1. Health Sciences and Public Health, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth BH12 5BB, Dorset, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anne Mills, Health Sciences and Public Health, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth BH12 5BB, Dorset, UK; amills{at}bournemouth.ac.uk

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Commentary on: Kehusmaa J, Ruotsalainen H, Mannikko N, et al. The association between the social environment of childhood and adolescence and depression in young adulthood – A prospective cohort study. J Affect Disord. 305. 37–46. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2022.02.067. Epub 2022 Feb 26.

Implications for practice and research

  • Nurses must practice at an individual, family and policy level to protect children and adolescents from harassment and bullying.

  • Further research is required to establish the warning signs and symptom precursors for depression in young adults.

Context

Depression is a common mental health disorder at all life stages, particularly in young adulthood,1 while the most common risk factors for depression are linked to a child’s social environment.2 Bullying in childhood or adolescence is a major risk factor for depression in adulthood.3 Nurses have a key role to play in early …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.