More Support Sought When Others Attribute Depression to Biology


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.

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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

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].