Depressogenic attributional style: Evidence of trait-like nature in youth psychiatric inpatients Article

cited authors

  • Voelz, ZR; Walker, RL; Pettit, JW; Joiner, TE; Wagner, KD

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  • The hopelessness theory of depression (1989) proposes that a negative style of thinking, termed "depressogenic attributional style", is a stable vulnerability factor for depression. Much past research has examined the stability of this negative style of thinking, with mixed results. The present study presents data supporting the "trait-like" nature of depressogenic attributional style, as defined by hopelessness theory, in a sample of 100 psychiatric child and adolescent inpatients by examining patterns in attributional style and depressive symptomatology upon admission to the hospital and again at discharge. © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

publication date

  • May 1, 2003

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  • 1129

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  • 1140


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