Interpersonal Factors in Depression

  • Jack E. Hokanson
  • Mark P. Rubert
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


The aim of this chapter is to review theories and lines of research that implicate interpersonal processes in depression. To begin, principal theories of depression that emphasize interpersonal factors will be presented. This section includes a review of the specific conceptual questions that are pertinent to each theory. The second portion of the chapter presents a critical review of the empirical literature, along with commentary on methodological problems in this area of research. The chapter concludes with an evaluation of the current status of the literature and suggestions for future work.


Depressive Symptom Social Support Social Skill Stressful Life Event Positive Reinforcement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jack E. Hokanson
    • 1
  • Mark P. Rubert
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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