Several studies have proved that engaging in risky behaviors significantly associated with the onset of depressive symptoms. The present study emphasized on the relationship between risk taking behaviors (health risk & exploratory risk) and depression among school youths across Malaysia. The study also examines the differences between both male and female youths in risk taking participation (health risk & exploratory risk) and depression. A multistage cluster sampling was utilized to recruit youths from five (5) different regions across Malaysia. A total of 1441 youths voluntarily participated in the study. Results showed that there are significant gender difference in both risk taking participation and depression. Results from Pearson correlation analysis showed that risk taking participation and depression is significantly associated. The importance of intervention is discussed.
Keywords: Depression, Risk Taking, Health Risk, Exploratory Risk, Youths