An evaluation of the role of irrational cognitions in depression

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James D. Herbert (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Rosemery Nelson-Gray

Abstract: Beck's (1979) cognitive theory of depression states that irrational beliefs about the self, the world, and the future are typical characteristics of persons prone to depression. These beliefs are hypothesized to be latent until activated by a stressor, at which point they lead to depression. Prior research has firmly established the presence of such schemas in the actively depressed person. No evidence of depressotypic schemas, however, has been found among depression-prone persons who are currently asymptomatic (e.g., remitted depressives). The apparent absence of such schemas in the latter group might be due to inadequate assessment procedures. Since the schemas are hypothesized to be latent, it follows that they might only be revealed under special assessment conditions.

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Language: English
Date: 1989
Depression, Mental
Affective disorders

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