Despite general agreement that psychosocial factors play an important role in various facets of the etiology, onset, treatment response and outcome of depressive disorders, the replicability of research results has left much to be desired. Because much of this unreliability has been attributed to variability in diagnostic criteria, this volume focuses on efforts to identify sources of variability in the definition and diagnosis of depressive disorders within Western society and cross-culturally. It also explicates the elusive role of aversive life events in the development and course of depressive disorders, deals with the interpersonal experiences and dispositions related to the vulnerability and maintenance of depression, and addresses an often neglected issue: how stress and social support affect the quality and response to treatment received. The text concludes with the presentation of an integrative framework for vulnerability to recurrent depressions which emphasizes the interaction of biological and psychosocial factors as largely mediated by personality and temperament.
"…worthwhile for its focus on important psychosocial determinants of the onset, course, and outcome of depressive illness and for thoughtful reviews that enrich our clinical understanding of depression and better inform future research."
—Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
"…provides an excellent overview of research on psychosocial aspects of depression….By bringing together in one volume so many outstanding researchers, the editors have made a significant contribution to the understanding of psychosocial parameters of depression." "
—Transcultural Psychiatric Research Review
"…it is a light into the darkness of depression….This book is a must for all who struggle with depression and with the depressed patient."
"…state-of-the-art statement and evaluation of what the behavioral sciences have to say about the field of depression research….They present a stimulating point of view…It contains so much urgently needed information of vital interest to clinicians…"
Contents: G.W. Brown, Epidemiological Studies of Depression: Definition and Case Findings. L.A. Clark, D. Watson, Theoretical and Empirical Issues in Differentiating Depression from Anxiety. J.H. Jenkins, A. Kleinman, B.J. Good, Cross-Cultural Studies of Depression. S.M. Monroe, R.A. Depue, Life Stress and Depression. J. Becker, K. Schmaling, Interpersonal Aspects of Depression from Psychodynamic and Attachment Perspectives. K. Schmaling, J. Becker, Empirical Studies of the Interpersonal Relations of Adult Depressives. R.H. Moos, Life Stressors, Social Resources, and the Treatment of Depression. H.S. Akiskal, An Integrative Perspective on Recurrent Mood Disorders: The Mediating Role of Personality.