The Longitudinal Relationship between Depression and Aggression in Adolesecnts Adapting the Autoregressive Cross-lagged Model

아동의 우울과 공격성의 자기회귀교차지연 효과검증 - 성별간 다집단 분석을 중심으로 -

  • Lim, Jin-Seop (the Center for Social Welfare Research, Yonsei University)
  • Received : 2009.12.24
  • Accepted : 2010.02.24
  • Published : 2010.05.31


The purpose of this study is to verify the causal relationship between depression and aggressiveness among adolescents. The 4-year longitudinal data collected from 2,670 4th grade elementary school students by the Korean Youth Panel study was used in this study. From the analysis result using the Autoregressive Cross-Lagged Model, the depression and aggressiveness in adolescents were continued from elementary school 4th grade to middle school 7th grade in significant stability. In addition, the previous aggressiveness turned out to have significant positive effect on the later period depression. Similarly, the previous depression had significant effect on the later aggressiveness, but the direction was negative. This means that the adolescents's depression increases as their aggressiveness increases, but as the depression increases, the later aggressiveness of the adolescents decreases. There were no differences between girls and boys within the relationship of these two variables. Finally, the implication derived from the results, the limitation of this study, and suggestion for following studies were presented.