Prevalence of child depression in Neiva (Colombia)
Prevalencia de la depresión infantil en Neiva (Colombia)
Herrera Murcia, Eduar
Losada, Yasmit Lorena
Rojas, Luis Alfonso
Gooding Londoño, Piedad
The aim of this study is to identify the prevalence of depression symptoms and socio-demographical characteristics among boys and girls with depression symptoms with ages ranged 8 to 11 that attend primary school in Neiva (Colombia). A probabilistic sampling by clusters was made with 95% of reliability. The sampling units are school grades from public and private sector. This sample is formed by 63 sampling groups distributed in a random for a total of 1832 subjects. The measurement instrument is the Kovacs’ Children Depression Inventory (CDI) adapted version to the Spanish population by Victoria Del Barrio. The results show a prevalence of 17.09%, the highest number ever reported in Colombia; most of the cases are found in younger children, which is a different fi nding with respect to other studies. A low socio-demographical status is proper of the most of children with depression symptoms.