Mood in daily contexts: Relationship with risk in early adolescence

Josien Schneiders, Nancy A. Nicolson, Johannes Berkhof, Frans J. Feron, Marten W. DeVries, Jim Van Os

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Disturbances in affect have been linked to problem behavior in adolescence and future psychopathology, but little is known about how such disturbances manifest themselves in everyday contexts. This study investigated daily mood in Dutch 7th graders, aged 11-14. Cluster analysis of problem measures distinguished high-risk (n=25) and low-risk (n=106) subgroups. Participants completed experience-sampling reports of mood, social context, and location nine times daily for 5 days. Multilevel regression analyses of four mood measures confirmed higher anxiety and depressed mood in the high-risk group. Moods varied by location and social context, with significant differences between groups in two specific social contexts. First, when with family, low-risk adolescents felt less depressed than when alone, whereas high-risk adolescents felt more depressed. Second, high-risk adolescents showed more pronounced anxiety in social situations outside the network of family and friends. These findings point to everyday social contexts in which young adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems appear to be particularly vulnerable. ©

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-722
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007

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