Depressogenic attributional style: Evidence of trait-like nature in youth psychiatric inpatients

Zachary R. Voelz, Rheeda L. Walker, Jeremy W. Pettit, Thomas E. Joiner, Karen Wagner

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The hopelessness theory of depression (1989) proposes that a negative style of thinking, termed "depressogenic attributional style", is a stable vulnerability factor for depression. Much past research has examined the stability of this negative style of thinking, with mixed results. The present study presents data supporting the "trait-like" nature of depressogenic attributional style, as defined by hopelessness theory, in a sample of 100 psychiatric child and adolescent inpatients by examining patterns in attributional style and depressive symptomatology upon admission to the hospital and again at discharge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1129-1140
Number of pages12
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number7
StatePublished - May 2003



  • Attributional style
  • Depression
  • Hopelessness
  • Youth inpatients

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Psychology

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