Study shows link between gothic culture and adolescent depression ;
Although there was no relationship of cause and effect, a recent study by the University of Oxford reveals that some teens who identify with goth culture may be more vulnerable to depression and self harm.
Gothic culture began in England in the 1980s, as a branch of the post-punk genre. Today, it is a lifestyle among adolescents known worldwide. Usually, adolescents who dress this way wear dark clothes, dark makeup and dark hair. Their dress may include types of Victorian fashion and punk styles. They also tend to share a collective type of music. Most parents and teens are familiar with the word Gothic and have an image of what a person associated with that culture as dresses.
A recent study in England tried to see if his dark gaze caused any negative consequences. In fact, researchers were able to find an association. However, they also quick to point out that there was no cause and effect relationship, but simply an association. This connection between the Gothic culture and adolescent depression could indicate that some Goth teens might be more vulnerable to depression.
The study found that the 15-year-old adolescents who strongly identified as Gothic were three times more likely to be depressed at 18 years of age, compared to teens who do not they were identified as Gothic. On the other hand, they were five times more likely to have had an experience of self-harm, such as cutting or overdosing on drugs or drugs. The study was published in The Lancet Psychiatry August 27, 2015.
The researchers collected data from nearly 4,000 adolescents who participated in a study of many years. When teens were 15 years old, they were asked about any self-harm, depression, and Gothic identification. They were also asked about other cultural identifications, such as being athletic, popular, solitary, antisocial, etc. Three years later, at age 18, they were asked again about self-harm and depression. The results mentioned above help even after the researchers took into account other factors such as the presence of any concern or early emotional behavior, psychiatric disorders, and a history of harassment or intimidation.
The principal investigator of the study, Lucy Bowes, told the parents that the study results should not worry about them, despite the results, highlighting again the lack of causal relationship . She went on to say that adolescents who are already vulnerable and who feel marginalized can be more attracted to the gothic community. The goth subculture has traditionally been accepting of that society in general tends to marginalize. And so there is an overlap of a teenager particular population that might be more vulnerable to depression and self-harm in the first place.
This is not an advantage of parents and mental health workers know the results of the study. They are provided with information about who might be more vulnerable to depression and self-harm. psychologists and school counselors may also be on the lookout for teens who identify with Goth culture and potentially provide support if necessary.
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