The effect of high school entrance exam reform on adolescents’ depressive symptoms in Taiwan: A closer look at gender differences

Fung Mey Huang, Hsun Yu Chan*, Hung Lin Tao

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研究成果: 雜誌貢獻期刊論文同行評審

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摘要

In the current study, we followed motivational theories and investigated whether granting junior high school students one more opportunity to take the high-stakes high school entrance exam alleviates students’ depressive symptoms, and whether the effect is comparable for adolescent boys and girls residing in Taiwan. We analyzed two longitudinal datasets (seventh to tenth grade) from two neighboring cohorts, in which one cohort could take the exam just once (i.e., the pre-reform cohort) and the other twice (i.e., the post-reform cohort). Using a lagged-dependent-variable difference-in-differences model to compare the level of depressive symptoms before and after the entrance exam for the two cohorts, the results revealed that the reform was associated with increases in the level of depressive symptoms for both boys and girls. Despite a higher level of depressive symptoms overall, adolescent girls in the post-reform cohort showed a slower increase in the level of depressive symptoms than boys.

原文英語
頁(從 - 到)465-485
頁數21
期刊School Psychology International
42
發行號5
DOIs
出版狀態已發佈 - 2021 十月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 教育
  • 發展與教育心理學
  • 精神病學和心理健康

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