Depression is associated with higher morbidity rates of suicide ideation and increased suicidal risk in adolescents with the presence of romantic relationships. I review research on the predictors of depression in adolescent romantic relationships, specifically , concerning the bi-directional nature of this association, gender differences, and prevention strategies. The focus of adolescent research in recent years has been mainly on depression that emerges during romantic relationships and may have a negative effect on them. For example, adolescent girls are more likely than adolescent boys to be affected adversely by depression that accompanies romantic relationships, whereas adolescents of both genders are susceptible to rejection sensitivity and self-silencing, which may be symptoms of depression. Although researchers have considered both genders, there is a dearth of literature on depression and romantic relationships in adolescent boys. I recommend further research on this issue as well as further research on the moderators of depression in adolescent romantic relationships.

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