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Sociotropy, autonomy, and depressive response to an unconscious challenge
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Psychiatry.
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2006 (English)In: Cognitive Therapy and Research, ISSN 0147-5916, E-ISSN 1573-2819, Vol. 30, no 1, 85-103 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Important, but not unequivocal, support has been found for Sociotropy and Autonomy as vulnerability factors for depression. Using a novel approach we gave subliminal sociotropy-related and autonomy-related visuoverbal stimulation to nondepressed students (Study 1, N=36), and patients treated for clinical depression (Study 2, N=34) in completely balanced within-groups designs. Autonomy, as measured with the Personal Style Inventory, was unrelated to response. Sociotropy predicted negative outcome after a sociotropy-related abandonment stimulus in both Study 1 (r=-.34 to a decrease in positively valenced autobiographical memories) and Study 2 (r=.38 to an increase in selection of depression-related words on a word-selection task). This finding may interest developers of depression therapies, and support further attempts to study Sociotropy as a putative vulnerability factor for depression.

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New York: Springer, 2006. Vol. 30, no 1, 85-103 p.
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depression, sociotropy, autonomy, anaclitic, introjective, dependency, self-criticism, unconscious
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Applied Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-119412DOI: 10.1007/s10608-006-9011-3ISI: 000240255800007OAI: diva2:926744
Available from: 2016-05-09 Created: 2016-04-18 Last updated: 2016-05-09Bibliographically approved

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