Social cognition in depressed children and adolescents

Zoë Kyte and Ian Goodyer

in Social Cognition and Developmental Psychopathology

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Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780198569183
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754432 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Social cognition in depressed children and adolescents

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The aim of this chapter is to review current knowledge of the relationship between social cognition and major depressive disorder (MDD) in children and adolescents. Discussion centres on the idea that MDD is regarded as a disorder of both emotion regulation and social cognition. The range of social cognitive deficits characteristic of MDD include distorted mental representations, biased attention, memory, and information processing, poor decision-making, and maladaptive social coping. A profile containing such deficits not only supports some of the most influential cognitive theories of depression, but also the increasingly compelling argument that social cognition plays a vital role in both normal and abnormal development.

This chapter will present both theoretical and experimental evidence ranging from the traditional and well established through to more recently applied neurobiological techniques. It will outline some of the clinical implications of these arguments and make suggestions as to where future research should be directed in order to expand our understanding and appreciation of the social cognitive mechanisms involved in MDD.

Chapter.  15279 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychiatry

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