|Title||Sociotropy and Autonomy Differential Patterns of Clinical Presentation in Unipolar Depression |
|Publication Type||Journal Article |
|Year of Publication||1991 |
|Authors||Robins CJ, Luten AG |
|Journal||Journal of Abnormal Psychology |
|Keywords||Behavioral biology - Human behavior 12504, Hominidae  Human Medicine, Medical Sciences Human Medicine, Medical Sciences Neurology Pathology Psychiatry Primates Mammalia Vertebrata Chordata Animalia 07004, Nervous system - Pathology 21002, Pathology - Diagnostic 20506, Psychiatry - Psychopathology, psychodynamics and therapy |
|Abstract||We examined the relations between sociotropy and autonomy and clinical features of depression. Beck (1983) proposed that sociotropy is related to a sense of deprivation and clinical features associated with reactive depression and that autonomy is related to a sense of defeat and clinical features associated with endogenous depression. Robins, Block, and Peselow (1989) found support for the hypothesis for sociotropy but not for autonomy, and they suggested that the autonomy scale may be problematic. We administered new measures of sociotropy and autonomy and a more comprehensive assessment of clinical features to 50 unipolar depressed inpatients. The results support the selective relations of both sociotropy and autonomy to the predicted sets of clinical features. This study adds to the growing evidence that these personality dimensions are important to the understanding of depression.