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The prevalence of depressive symptoms in 'left-behind children' in China: a meta-analysis of comparative studies and epidemiological surveys
Wang, Yuan-Yuan1,2; Xiao, Le3; Rao, Wen-Wang1; Chai, Jing-Xin4,5; Zhang, Shu-Fang6,7; Ng, Chee H.8; Ungvari, Gabor S.9,10; Zhu, Huiping11,12; Xiang, Yu-Tao1
2019-02
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF AFFECTIVE DISORDERS
ISSN0165-0327
Volume244Pages:209-216
Abstract

Background

Depressive symptoms are common in ‘left-behind children (LBC)’ in China, but their prevalence estimates have been inconsistent. This comprehensive meta-analysis examined the pooled prevalence of depressive symptoms in LBC in China and its associated factors.

Methods

Two investigators systematically and independently searched both English (PubMed, PsycINFO, and EMBASE) and Chinese (WanFang Database, CNKI, and SinoMed) databases. Comparative and epidemiological studies reporting the prevalence of depressive symptoms and associated relevant information were included. The prevalence of depressive symptoms was pooled using the random-effects model.

Results

A total of 39 studies covering 31,663 LBC and 20,049 non-LBC controls were included in the meta-analysis. The figures of pooled prevalence of depressive symptoms in LBC and non-LBC were 30.7% and 22.8%, respectively. Subgroup analyses revealed that the use of different scales was significantly associated with the prevalence of depressive symptoms. Compared with non-LBC, LBC were more likely to suffer from depressive symptoms (OR = 1.7, 95% CI: 1.4–1.9).

Conclusions

This meta-analysis confirmed that the prevalence of depressive symptoms in LBC is common in China. In order to reduce the risk of depressive symptoms in this vulnerable segment of the population, the development of screening and therapeutic interventions is urgently needed.

KeywordLeft-behind Children Depressive Symptoms China Meta-analysis
DOI10.1016/j.jad.2018.09.066
URLView the original
Indexed BySCI ; SSCI ; SSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaNeurosciences & Neurology ; Psychiatry
WOS SubjectClinical Neurology ; Psychiatry
WOS IDWOS:000449234400028
PublisherELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Health Sciences
Corresponding AuthorZhang, Shu-Fang; Xiang, Yu-Tao
Affiliation1.Univ Macau, Unit Psychiat, Fac Hlth Sci, Taipa, Macao, Peoples R China;
2.De Montfort Univ, Fac Hlth & Life Sci, Leicester, Leics, England;
3.Capital Med Univ, Natl Clin Res Ctr Mental Disorders, Beijing Inst Brain Disorders & Mood Disorders Ctr, Beijing Anding Hosp,China & Ctr Depress, Beijing, Peoples R China;
4.Beijing Ctr Dis Prevent & Control, Beijing, Peoples R China;
5.Beijing Ctr Dis Prevent Med Res, Beijing, Peoples R China;
6.Huazhong Univ Sci & Technol, Tongji Med Coll, Wuhan Mental Hlth Ctr, Wuhan, Hubei, Peoples R China;
7.City Univ Macau, Taipa, Macao, Peoples R China;
8.Univ Melbourne, Dept Psychiat, Melbourne, Vic, Australia;
9.Univ Notre Dame Australia, Graylands Hosp, Perth, WA, Australia;
10.Univ Western Australia, Div Psychiat, Med Sch, Perth, WA, Australia;
11.Capital Med Univ, Sch Publ Hlth, Beijing, Peoples R China;
12.Beijing Municipal Key Lab Clin Epidemiol, Beijing, Peoples R China
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Wang, Yuan-Yuan,Xiao, Le,Rao, Wen-Wang,et al. The prevalence of depressive symptoms in 'left-behind children' in China: a meta-analysis of comparative studies and epidemiological surveys[J]. JOURNAL OF AFFECTIVE DISORDERS,2019,244:209-216.
APA Wang, Yuan-Yuan.,Xiao, Le.,Rao, Wen-Wang.,Chai, Jing-Xin.,Zhang, Shu-Fang.,...&Xiang, Yu-Tao.(2019).The prevalence of depressive symptoms in 'left-behind children' in China: a meta-analysis of comparative studies and epidemiological surveys.JOURNAL OF AFFECTIVE DISORDERS,244,209-216.
MLA Wang, Yuan-Yuan,et al."The prevalence of depressive symptoms in 'left-behind children' in China: a meta-analysis of comparative studies and epidemiological surveys".JOURNAL OF AFFECTIVE DISORDERS 244(2019):209-216.
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