Concepts from Basic Research on Depression

Larry E. Beutler, John F. Clarkin and Bruce Bongar

in Guidelines for the Systematic Treatment of the Depressed Patient

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780195105308
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848522 | DOI:

Series: Guidebooks in Clinical Psychology

Concepts from Basic                             Research on Depression

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Research on the nature of depression has been focused either on identifying basic mechanisms that account for the development or maintenance of depression or on the development of various treatments and testing their effects and benefits. As a set of guidelines for systematic treatment selection, the concern of this book more heavily relies on the latter type of research. Accordingly, this chapter summarizes several findings from basic research that are most closely related to the treatment models and methods. These areas of investigation represent efforts to discover mechanisms of action in depression and to determine the nature of depression relative to normal or usual experience. They can be roughly clustered into the following groups: sex role factors, cognitive factors, interpersonal factors, and biological factors.

Keywords: research; depression; treatment; sex role factors; cognitive factors; interpersonal factors; biological factors

Chapter.  12830 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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