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Br J Clin Psychol. 1993 Nov;32 ( Pt 4):460-2.

Sociotropy, autonomy and personal memories in depression.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, UK.


Recent research suggesting an association of sociotropy and autonomy with vulnerability to depression in response to different types of event remains to be integrated with the cognitive model. This study investigated the relationship of sociotropy and autonomy to specific cognitive processes in a sample of 20 unipolar depressed patients. In the autobiographical memory paradigm used, the hypothesis that sociotropy would be associated with faster recall of sociotropic negative memories was supported. No support was found for the predicted relationship of autonomy with speed of recall of autonomous memories. The implications of the results for cognitive vulnerability to specific events are discussed and recommendations for replication stressed.

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