The Views of the Depressed

Work Cited: Nieuwsma, J. A., & Pepper, C. M. (2010). How etiological explanations for depression impact perceptions of stigma, treatment effectiveness, and controllability of depression. Journal Of Mental Health, 19(1), 52-61. 

This study explored how the biological explanations for causation of depression “influences perceptions of stigma, perceived controllability of depression and perceived effectiveness of depression treatments”. (52)

The participants for the study were college students in an introductory psychology course who “were screened using The Depression History Screen and the BDI-II”. From the results of the screening test, two groups were created: Those who have been depressed in the past (n:36) and those who have not (n:33). These two groups went on to participate in interviews and further questionnaires in order to produce statistical data results. (55)

Relevant results of the study showed that “participants who reported having suffered from depression…believed that persons with depression are perceived as [] dangerous”. (58) Another interesting result of the study reported that the depressed participants believed that self-initiated treatments were more effective than psychotherapy or medical intervention. (59)

‘Stronger’ participants in this study, such as diagnosed clinically depressed participants rather than reportedly depressed participants may have created stronger results; but the reoccurring problem in our society today is that most unstable or dangerous people are the ones that are undiagnosed which brings relevancy to this source.

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