Attributinal Style of Unipolor Depressed Relapse Patients

Author: Kanawal Qayyum

Supervisor: Dr. Hamid Sheikh

Degree: M.Phil

Year: 1999-2001

University: Centre for Clinical Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


In the present study Unipolar Depressed Relapse (UD-R) and Unipolar Depressed Non-Relapse (UD- NR) were compared on their Attributional style. The total sample consisted of 47 (N=47), comprising of 16 males, and 31 females, falling within the age range of 16 to 67 years. The mean interval between previous and present conditions varied from 21 to 24 months. The Sample was assessed by following the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) criteria, Siddiqui Shah Depression Scale (SSDS), a Bio-data Questionnaire were administered and Content Analysis of Verbatim Explanation (CAVE) was done. The results indicated that composite and stable dimension for unpleasant events are significantly different whereas UD-R depression positively correlated with composite dimension. However, Attributional style for pleasant events was same between both groups. The results highlight that understanding that causal mechanism may provide a marker for the efficacy of Cognitive Therapy, and subsequently minimize the risk for relapse among the subjects.

Keywords: Unipolar Depression, Relapse, Attributional Style.

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