TitleEndogenous and Non-Endogenous Depressions Relations to Life Events Dysfunctional Attitudes and Event Perceptions
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1990
AuthorsRobins CJ, Block P, Peselow ED
JournalBritish Journal of Clinical Psychology
KeywordsBehavioral biology - Human behavior 12504, Hominidae [86215] Human Medicine, medical psychology and sociology 21002, Medical Sciences Behavior Neurology Psychiatry Primates Mammalia Vertebrata Chordata Animalia 07004, Medical Sciences Human Medicine, Nervous system - Pathology 21001, Nervous system - Physiology and biochemistry 20506, Pathology - Diagnostic 20504, Psychiatry - General, Psychiatry - Psychopathol
AbstractA comparison was made between endogenous and non-endogenous depressed patients on several characteristics on which they traditionally have been asserted to differ, and which play important roles in cognitive approaches to depression. The non-endogenous patients reported more dysfunctional attitudes and a greater number of recent life events than did endogenous patients. These results support the distinction between endogenous and non-endogenous depressions, and suggest that cognitive theories of aetiology may be more relevant for the latter group. However, both groups perceived their recent upsetting events in relatively maladaptive ways, consistent with the idea that biased perceptions are more related to the depressive state, whereas dysfunctional attitudes may represent a trait vulnerability.

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