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ERIC Number: EJ800215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0895-8017
Social Comparison and Depression: People with Mild and Moderate Intellectual Disabilities
MacMahon, Pamela; Jahoda, Andrew
American Journal on Mental Retardation, v113 n4 p307-318 Jul 2008
There has been limited research on the role of sociocognitive factors in depression with people who have a mild intellectual disability. However, an association has been found between negative social comparison and depressed mood. We extend previous work by including individuals with clinical depression. A between-groups design of 18 depressed versus 18 nondepressed participants was used. Depression measures were administered, along with measures of self-esteem and social comparison. Participants reported the salience of the social comparisons they made. Depressed participants reported significantly more negative social comparisons; the nondepressed group reported that the positive comparisons they made were more salient. These results have implications for cognitive behavior interventions and the possibility of working with people in the context of their interpersonal beliefs.
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. P.O. Box 1897, Lawrence, KS 66044-1897. Tel: 785-843-1235; Fax: 785-843-1274; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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