Depressive Disorders and Interpersonal Processes

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Depression is frequently associated with interpersonal problems. One such problem involves social skills deficits, through which depressed people communicate sadness and withdrawal to others. Another common problem is interpersonal rejection from others that is thought to be preceded by excessive reassurance seeking and emotional contagion. Finally, depression is often associated with problematic family relationships. These include marital distress, dysfunctional parenting behaviors by depressed mothers and fathers, and corrosive parenting practices enacted on children who go on to develop depression late in life. Theories built around these interpersonal constructs identify interpersonal problems as causes, consequences, maintaining forces, and vulnerabilities to depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Interpersonal Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Research, Assessment, and Therapeutic Interventions
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9780470471609
StatePublished - Mar 16 2012


  • Depression
  • Dysfunctional parenting
  • Emotional contagion
  • Family relationships
  • Interpersonal rejection
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Marital distress
  • Nonverbal behavior
  • Reassurance seeking
  • Self-verification
  • Social skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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