Eglantina Kraja Bardhi, Niman Bardhi, Valdet Hashani


Introduction: The intensity and the difference between the material and spiritual needs of youth are the most common factors that cause depression at a young age. Purpose: To analyze and evaluate the presence or absence of depression among students of two elementary schools in the Municipality of Gjakova. Methodology: The population was 200 students from eighth grade (56.5% female & 43.5% male) from the primary school “Zekeria Rexha” and “Mustafa Bakija” in Gjakova (100 students per institution). The survey was conducted during March-April 2019. Results: 97 (98.5%) students lived in the city. 105 (52.5%) students stated that sometimes they are upset, 57 (28.5%) students are not happy in life, and 76 (38%) students are worried about their future. 20 (10%) students declare that they will they will commit suicide as soon as the opportunity arises, while another 20 (10%) would like to die. Lack of interest in learning and physical activities, malnutrition, insomnia are some of the factors that are affecting the loss of their positive energy. Conclusions: Coordination and organization of activities between the MoH and MEST on health education, workshops and research aimed at preventing youth depression, as well as creating opportunities to engage in every school a psychologist and sociologist. Teachers and parents need to work together to bring children to school. At the same time, the media should be encouraged to develop editorial policies in favor of health education for the prevention of depression.

Keywords:  Youth, students, school, teachers, parents, depression, etc.

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