The relative specificity of excessive reassurance-seeking to depressive symptoms and diagnoses among clinical samples of adults and youth


Joiner T., Metalsky G., Gencoz F. , Gencoz T.

JOURNAL OF PSYCHOPATHOLOGY AND BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENT, cilt.23, ss.35-41, 2001 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 23 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2001
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1023/a:1011039406970
  • Dergi Adı: JOURNAL OF PSYCHOPATHOLOGY AND BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENT
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.35-41

Özet

In addition to playing a role in the deterioration of depressed people's interpersonal environment, excessive reassurance-seeking may be implicated as a vulnerability factor for depression. If so, excessive reassurance-seeking should display relative specificity to depression versus other forms of psychopathology. Two studies of psychiatric inpatients (Study 1 on adults and Study 2 on children) tested this possibility. In Study 1 a Depressed group obtained higher reassurance-seeking scores than an Other Disorders group did. Similar findings were obtained in Study 2, such that depressed youth reported higher reassurance-seeking than nondepressed youth. Hence, these two studies of psychiatric inpatients provided reasonable support for the specificity of excessive reassurance-seeking to depression as compared to other forms of psychopathology.