ERIC Number: ED302784
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
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Mild Depression: Its Relation to Stress, Coping and Gender.
Hartley, Duane L.; Kolenc, Koleen
This study investigated the relationship of mild depression to global stress, specific stressors, problem-focused coping, emotion-focused coping, and gender. Existing theory supported expectations that non-depressed and mildly depressed persons would use different coping styles, and perceptions of stressful events and the quantity of stressful events would be related to mild depression. College students (N=227) completed a personal data sheet; the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI); Ways of Coping; and the Comprehensive Scale of Stress Assessment, Part I (Global Assessment) and Part II (Inventory of Stressors). Students were identified as either non-depressed (N=193) or mildly depressed (N=34) by scores on the BDI. A discriminant analysis was performed using two measures of stress, two measures of coping, and gender as predictors. All variables except problem-focused coping entered the discriminant function. The two measures of stress, emotion-focused coping, and the participant's gender differentiated between mildly depressed and non-depressed subjects. The results generally support the theory of depression as it applies to mildly depressed persons. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (96th, Atlanta, GA, August 12-16, 1988).