In a study of 86 individuals experiencing at least mild depressive symptoms, a person’s willingness to seek support from a friend was not related to his or her personal attributions of these symptoms to biological or psychological factors. However, participants were more likely to seek support from a friend whom they perceived as attributing the depression to biology rather than psychology. The study was released online by Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy on May 29, 2012.
Rebecca K. Blais and Keith D. Renshaw “The Association of Biological and Psychological Attributions for Depression with Social Support Seeking Intentions in Individuals with Depressive Symptoms“. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, Available on CJO doi:10.1017/S1352465812000355