ERIC Number: ED299486
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug-31
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A Memory Model of Depression: An Analysis of Cognition, Development and Emotion.
Rehm, Lynn P.; Naus, Mary J.
In recent years a number of models of depression have been proposed. Many of them have incorporated cognitive constructs to explain vulnerability, initiation, maintenance, and recovery from depression. In light of the wealth of experimental and clinical knowledge about depression, these models can be seen as having a limited focus and scope. Current models of depression have little implication for discriminating depression from other emotional states or disorders and they do not incorporate a developmental perspective. Finally, although some of the most recent models have begun to borrow theoretical positions from the cognitive psychology memory literature, they have done so without consideration for the nuances of different theories in memory and their implications for dealing with the phenomena of depression. Building on previous theoretical work, this research attempts to develop a model using constructs from the memory and developmental literatures that will be useful in describing depression and in differentiating depression from other affective states. The intent is to incorporate relevant constructs that will produce a dynamic model to account for the various processes of change in the course of depression. The plan is to incorporate developmental constructs to deal with the origins of vulnerability factors and with the occurrence of depression among children. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (95th, New York, NY, August 28-September 1, 1987).