Life satisfaction, affects at school, and depression symptoms among adolescents




Psychological assessment, Adolescents, Depression, Emotional states, Mental health


The literature indicates that life satisfaction has a direct effect on depression symptoms. For better understanding depression in adolescence, this research examined the relation between life satisfaction and depression symptoms among Brazilian adolescents, and verified the direct effects of positive and negative affects at school, in addition to the mediating effect of these variables on the relation between life satisfaction and depression symptoms. A total of 428 adolescents participated in the research, with mean age equal to 14.88. The Baptista Depression Scale, the Life Satisfaction Scale, and the School Subjective Well-being Scale were used. The models were tested using Path Analysis. The results indicated that affects at school mediated the relation between life satisfaction and depression symptoms. Prevention initiatives that consider the affects related to the school context can be a useful strategy for the promotion of youth mental health.


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Author Biographies

João Lucas Dias Viana, Universidade São Francisco

Universidade São Francisco, Campinas-SP, Brazil.

Ana Paula Porto Noronha, Universidade São Francisco

Universidade São Francisco, Campinas-SP, Brazil.


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How to Cite

Viana, J. L. D., & Noronha, A. P. P. (2022). Life satisfaction, affects at school, and depression symptoms among adolescents. Paidéia (Ribeirão Preto), 32, e3203.



Psychological Evaluation