A meta-analysis of the relationship between early maladaptive schemas and depression in adolescence and young adulthood

Psychological MedicineTariq A, et al. | June 24, 2021

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A meta-analysis was conducted to evaluate correlation between early maladaptive schemas and depression in adolescence and young adulthood. Researchers carried out a systematic search of seven different databases including Embase, CINAHL, Medline, ASSIA, Psych INFO, Scopus and Web of Science to distinguish 24 relevant studies of adolescents (10–18 years) and young adults (19–29 years). The outcomes indicate that it is vital for clinicians to distinguish specific maladaptive schemas contributing towards depression, to have a better understanding of underlying cognitive processes and in turn promote psychological health, well-being and resilience in adolescents and young adults. Moreover, observations will also assist clinicians to focus more on the content of three significant schema domains, which emerged as particularly salient factors underlying adolescent depression.

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