Depressive Symptoms, Ethnic Identity, and Health-Related Quality of Life in Obese Youth

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  • © 2015 The Author. Examine relations between depressive symptoms, ethnic identity, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in overweight or obese (OV/OB) children. Methods A total of 166 OV/OB 8-to 17-year-olds (M = 12.94 years; 86.7% obese; 50.6% racial/ethnic minority) attending an outpatient pediatric obesity medical clinic participated. Children completed the Children's Depression Inventory-Short Form, Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure (MEIM), and Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory. Results Increased depressive symptoms significantly predicted reduced total, physical, and psychosocial HRQOL. For minority OV/OB youth only, MEIM Affirmation/Belonging moderated depressive symptoms and total HRQOL (effect =-2.59, t =-2.24, p =. 027; R2 overall model = 0.315) and depressive symptoms and psychosocial HRQOL (effect =-3.01, t =-2.47, p =. 015; R2 overall model = 0.331). Conclusions Depressive symptoms are negatively associated with HRQOL. In minority OV/OB youth, high ethnic identity may be protective when depressive symptoms are minimal. Ethnic identity and other cultural factors are important to consider in psychosocial treatments for pediatric obesity.
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  • Lim CS; Gowey MA; Silverstein J; Dumont-Driscoll M; Janicke DM
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  • 441
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  • 452
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  • 41
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