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Depression

  • James C. Coyne
  • Jana Kahn
  • Ian H. Gotlib
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)

Abstract

The study of family interaction in depression is perhaps 20 years behind the study of such factors in schizophrenia, particularly if one judges from the lack of guiding concepts in depression research analogous to the double bind, pseudo-mutuality, schism, and skew. There have been efforts to describe depression as an interactional phenomenon (Coyne, 1976a; McPartland & Hornstra, 1964) and to identify the social role impairments (Weissman & Paykel, 1974) and social skills deficits (Libet & Lewinsohn, 1973; Youngren & Lewinsohn, 1980) of depressed persons. The association between marital disturbance and depression has been noted (Briscoe & Smith, 1973), and in general, there is a growing appreciation of the social environment as a factor in the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of depression (Brown & Harris, 1978). Yet, there is a puzzling lack of research involving actual observations of how depressed persons interact with the people who are significant in their lives. Of necessity, therefore, the present chapter focuses as much on building a case for the further study of marital and family interaction in depression and the issues that are likely to arise in this endeavor as on reviewing the meager interactional literature that has accumulated thus far.

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Depressed Patient Maternal Depression Nonverbal Behavior Family Interaction Depressed Woman 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James C. Coyne
    • 1
  • Jana Kahn
    • 2
  • Ian H. Gotlib
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Family PracticeUniversity of Michigan, School of MedicineAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Mental Research InstitutePalo AltoUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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