The transition to high school is a challenging developmental period, during which prevalence rates of depression more than double. In fact, by the end of the first year of high school, 11.5% of adolescents will have experienced a depressive episode in the last year, and many more adolescents will have experienced elevated depressive symptoms that interfere with school performance, social friendships, or physical health. Despite the importance of this transition, little is known about predictors of depression during it, and most students report feeling insufficiently supported to cope with it. Thus, the proposed research will work towards answering two questions critical to Canadian youth:
Findings will be critical to improving students' emotional health during the high-school transition. Knowledge translation activities will inform future research, practice, and policy.