Depression, working models of others and relationship functioning

Carnelley, Katherine B., Pietromonaco, Paula R. and Jaffe, Kenneth (1994) Depression, working models of others and relationship functioning Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 66, (1), pp. 127-140.


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Two studies examined depressives' working models of others and the relative contribution of these models and depression to relationship functioning. Respondents reported on their childhood relationships, adult attachment style, and relationship functioning. Study 1 compared 163 mildly depressed and nondepressed college women (aged 17-48 yrs), and Study 2 compared 25 married women recovering from clinical depression with 23 nondepressed married women (mean age 40 yrs for both groups). Mildly depressed college women evidenced greater preoccupation and fearful avoidance in romantic relationships than did nondepressed women; recovering depressed women evidenced greater fearful avoidance. In both studies, relationship functioning was predicted more strongly by adult attachment style than by depression status. Among college women, positive experiences with mother also were linked to better relationship functioning; however, attachment style and depression status mediated this effect.

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Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2006
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