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A cross sectional study was conducted with a convenient sampling of 1225 students of 11 and 12th standard from the different four schools of Surat city during Aug-Sept 2015 by “Beck Depression Inventory (BDI)” scale to study the depression and suicidal tendency among higher secondary school students using Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). One third (33.6%) of the students had depressive symptoms according to the BDI scale. Out of which 15.1% were mildly depressive symptoms, 16.0% were moderately depressive symptoms 2.4% were severely depressive symptoms and 0.1% extremely depressive symptoms. Mother Education was independently affecting the mental health of children which was found statistically significant. Occupation of the family head was independently affecting the mental health of children which was found statistically significant. Occurrences of Depression is a multifactorial which depends upon several parameters & conditions in one’s life. The commonest type of Depression is Moderate type for which instead of increasing in Age of child certain other parameters like Parent’s education, occupation, socioeconomic status, family type & residential surroundings play a vital role. The religion & medium of education needs some more evidences for consideration.
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