The Interpersonal, Cognitive, and Social Nature of Depression

The Interpersonal, Cognitive, and Social Nature of Depression

The Interpersonal, Cognitive, and Social Nature of Depression

The Interpersonal, Cognitive, and Social Nature of Depression

Synopsis

The true integration of interpersonal, social psychology, and cognitive-behavioral approaches is the most important theoretical issue in the field of the psychology of depression, and yet it has not been well addressed in any forum. The Interpersonal, Cognitive, and Social Nature of Depression was written to provide cutting-edge research and theoretical perspectives on this issue. Its goal is to concretize and celebrate an integrative approach to the understanding of depression, and to foster its sequelae, by bringing together primary figures from interpersonal, cognitive, and behavioral viewpoints for state-of-the-art treatment of the psychology of depression.
In addition, this book provides:
• an integration of these perspectives on depression research to help guide researchers in developing projects;
• up-to-date research findings to help researchers update their knowledge of depression research;
• a detailed review of studies evaluating the effectiveness of cognitive therapy for treatment and prevention of depression;
• focused chapters on issues related to depression in childhood and adolescence; and
• chapters presenting research focusing on both the manic and depressed phases of bipolar disorder.

This text will appeal to a diverse audience from several sources: clinical practitioners, sociology, psychology, psychiatry, researchers, and graduate students in these fields.

Excerpt

At a time when depression research was dominated by strictly behavioral and cognitive approaches, an interpersonal approach to depression emerged as an alternative. This was a milestone in psychological depression research, in that it opened up new vistas for understanding depression in real context and is the antecedent of current efforts to integrate intrapsychic and interpersonal views of depression. The goal of this volume is to concretize and celebrate this milestone development and to foster its sequelae, by bringing together the primary figures from interpersonal, cognitive, and behavioral viewpoints for a state-of-the-art treatment of the psychology of depression.

There is a healthy tension in the field of psychological depression research among these various perspectives. The true integration of interpersonal, social psychological, and cognitive-behavioral approaches is the most important theoretical issue in the field of the psychology of depression, and yet we feel it has not been well addressed in any forum. This book was written to provide cutting-edge research and theoretical perspectives on this issue, and therefore is an essential resource for current researchers. However, this book is also appropriate for clinicians, because it has direct clinical relevance. It is our hope that this book will be read by researchers and practitioners in a variety of fields, such as psychology, psychiatry, and sociology. Our goal is both to inform and enhance treatment as well as to stimulate future, more integrative research into the nature of depression.

In true integrative fashion, this book does not limit itself to the nature of depression in adulthood—research on potential causes and predictors of depression in childhoodr depression. A model of bipolar disorder is presented that explains the . . .

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