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Depression and anti-depressive behaviour : an investigation of the natural self-regulation of depression


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Dingwall, Marie Therese 1979 , 'Depression and anti-depressive behaviour : an investigation of the natural self-regulation of depression', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Clear descriptions of depression as a clinical entity exist,
as do models concerning its aetiology, maintenance and treatment.
A review suggested that current experimental-clinical models function
as means of ordering data and stimulating research rather than providing
an essential model or method to be followed exclusively.
Little research of a naturalistic nature has been undertaken.
The aim of the current study was to investigate the naturally
occurring, self regulatory behaviours that people engage in when
feeling depressed. Hypotheses were advanced concerning the number,
frequency of use and helpfulness of anti-depressive behaviours. The
utility of anti-depressive behaviour in relation to level of depression,
length of hospitalization and social adjustment was also examined.
The sample consisted of twenty-five hospitalized depressed people
and twenty-five individually matched controls, interviewed twice,
using the Anti-depressive Activity Questionnaire (Rippere, 1976).
Results indicated that all subjects recognized and attempted
to do something to control their depression. The frequency of engaging
in anti-depressive behaviour was a persistent factor and did not
differentiate between groups. The helpfulness of anti-depressive
behaviour was related to levels of depression in that moderately depressed
subjects reported anti-depressive behaviour to be less helpful
than they did when not depressed.
Overall findings were discussed within a self efficacy model
of behaviour. Treatment implications were in accord with existing
cognitive/behavioural methods involving the scheduling of activities.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Dingwall, Marie Therese
Keywords: Developmental psychology, High school students, Anxiety, Self-esteem
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Thesis (M. Psych.) - University of Tasmania, 1980. Bibliography: l. 74-80

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