Abstract Title

Cognitive Performance of College Students with Low Socioeconomic Status and Depressive Symptoms

Abstract

Cognitive Performance of College Students with Low Socioeconomic Status and Depressive Symptoms

Problems: A substantial body of research has documented a relationship between lower socioeconomic status (SES) and greater depressive symptoms. However, few studies have examined the impact of childhood SES and depressive symptoms on cognitive performance in young adults. In our study we will test the relationships between childhood SES, current depressive symptoms, and cognitive performance in college students.

Methods: We examined undergraduate students, aged 18-26. To measure cognition we used Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metrics (ANAM) test battery. To measure depressive symptoms, we used Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CESD). Finally, participants’ childhood SES was assessed with the Hollingshead Scale.

Expected Results: We expect that students with lower childhood SES will have greater depression and poorer cognitive performance compared to the students who grew up with a higher SES.

Conclusions: Our results can clarify the impact of low childhood SES on depressive symptoms and cognitive performance in college students.

Research Category

Psychology

Primary Author's Major

Psychology

Mentor #1 Information

Dr. Misty Hawkins

Mentor #2 Information

Dr. Joel Hughes

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

11-3-2015 1:00 PM

End Date

11-3-2015 5:00 PM

Research Area

Social Psychology

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Cognitive Performance of College Students with Low Socioeconomic Status and Depressive Symptoms

Cognitive Performance of College Students with Low Socioeconomic Status and Depressive Symptoms

Problems: A substantial body of research has documented a relationship between lower socioeconomic status (SES) and greater depressive symptoms. However, few studies have examined the impact of childhood SES and depressive symptoms on cognitive performance in young adults. In our study we will test the relationships between childhood SES, current depressive symptoms, and cognitive performance in college students.

Methods: We examined undergraduate students, aged 18-26. To measure cognition we used Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metrics (ANAM) test battery. To measure depressive symptoms, we used Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CESD). Finally, participants’ childhood SES was assessed with the Hollingshead Scale.

Expected Results: We expect that students with lower childhood SES will have greater depression and poorer cognitive performance compared to the students who grew up with a higher SES.

Conclusions: Our results can clarify the impact of low childhood SES on depressive symptoms and cognitive performance in college students.