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Relationship between Depression and School Achievement in Elementary School Students

초등학생의 우울감과 학업성적 사이의 관련성 연구

  • Park, Hyunju (Kangwon National University, Chuncheon Campus, Department of Nursing)
  • 박현주 (강원대학교 춘천캠퍼스 간호학과)
  • Received : 2014.06.26
  • Accepted : 2014.10.10
  • Published : 2014.10.31

Abstract

Several studies regarding the effects of academic achievement on mental health problems have been conducted in adolescents but not in elementary school students. Therefore, the aim of the current study was to examine the effects of school achievement on depression in Korean elementary school students. The participants were 1,048, 5th to 6th elementary students in Seoul, Korea. The Spearman correlations between school achievement and depression were -0.31 for boys and -0.37 for girls (p<0.001 for both). After controlling for grader, the family economic status and self-esteem, higher achiever group showed a significantly low risk for depression in boys and girls. This study suggests that the lower school achievement is associated with a depressive mood in Korean elementary students. Therefore, students with lower academic performance are a risk group for depression.

Keywords

Depression;School achievement;Elementary school students

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 한국연구재단

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