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the youth population have remained largely unclear  Depression is common in children and adolescents  Screen use is readily available and frequently used by children and adolescents  This literature review was conducted to evaluate current literature regarding depression in the youth population, to include differences between sexes, across ages, and amongst different types of screen use  Results demonstrate that an association between screen use and depression in the youth population does exist, particularly cross sectionally  A causative or reciprocal relationship may be present, however, if it is present, it is quite minor  Girls tend to use more screens than boys  Keywords: screen time, screen use, depression, children, adolescent, adolescents, social media, mental disorders, mental health, depressive disorder, youth, screen media, digital media.


Physician Assistant Studies

Degree Name

Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)

First Advisor

Andvik, Vicki

Publication Date

Spring 2023


Medicine and Health Sciences

Associations Between Screen Use and Depression in Youth