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Personal constructs among depressed patients.
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PMID:  7354317     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Kelly Role Construct Repertory Test (rep grid) was administered to 19 depressed patients, 19 psychiatric controls, and 19 normal controls. Tests were analyzed to produce measures of cognitive complexity, self-ideal congruency, negative self-construing, identification (self-other distances), and consistency of within-factor self-attribution. In comparison to the two control groups, three characteristics of depressed patients emerged: a) the well known tendency to construe oneself negatively occurred but not in terms of a greater number of factors with consistent negative self-description; instead, b) depressed patients had more mixed (positive and negative) self-description than other patients, thus suggesting a propensity to cognitive slot movement; finally, c) independent of positivity/negativity, depressed patients had a greater tendency to view themselves as different from others. From these findings a formulation about depression is presented, and implications for etiology and treatment are discussed.
L G Space; R L Cromwell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of nervous and mental disease     Volume:  168     ISSN:  0022-3018     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Nerv. Ment. Dis.     Publication Date:  1980 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1980-04-26     Completed Date:  1980-04-26     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375402     Medline TA:  J Nerv Ment Dis     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  150-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cognition Disorders / psychology*
Depression / psychology*
Gender Identity
Identification (Psychology)
Middle Aged
Psychological Tests
Self Concept
Social Perception

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