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The Intergenerational Transmission of Depression in South African Adolescents

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  • Katherine Eyal

    (School of Economics, University of Cape Town)

  • Justine Burns

    (School of Economics, University of Cape Town)

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Nationally representative data to measure mental health is rare in South Africa. Estimates of the size of the intergenerational transmission of depression in Africa, and in South Africa, are not numerous, in particular using recent nationally representative data, or in the adolescent sample. South Africa has high rates of depression compared to other countries, in particular among adolescents. Very little mental health treatment is available to adolescents, and the results of poor mental health during adolescence are many - including earlier child bearing, poor education, higher levels of HIV infection and low rates of future employment, among others.

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  • Katherine Eyal & Justine Burns, 2017. "The Intergenerational Transmission of Depression in South African Adolescents," SALDRU Working Papers 200, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town.
  • Handle: RePEc:ldr:wpaper:200
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    1. Eyal, Katherine & Burns, Justine, 2019. "The parent trap: Cash transfers and the intergenerational transmission of depressive symptoms in South Africa," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 117(C), pages 211-229.

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    Mental health; depression; adolescents; National Income Dynamic Study; South Africa;
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