The Effects of Gender and Age on College Students’ Perceptions of Level of Depression, Level of Concern, and Need for Intervention

Date of Award


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Archival Copy

First Advisor

Deborah McMakin


This thesis explores the literature on risk factors and intervention efforts for childhood mental health problems, and examined these through the lens of Bronfenbrenner's theory of sociocultural development. The researcher conducted a study examining college students’ perceptions, especially psychology and education students who will be likely be working in education, of childhood depression, gender and age. This thesis emphasizes the importance, necessity, and appreciation of excellent educators who are aware of their perceptions mental health issues in general, and suggests future steps in creating an even more supportive, sensitive, and responsive society.

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