Psycho-social predictors of chronicity in depressed patients

R. M A Hirschfeld, G. L. Klerman, N. C. Andreasen, P. J. Clayton, M. B. Keller

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Abstract

Nineteen patients with an episode of major depressive disorder who did not recover within two years of prospective follow-up were compared with an equal number who recovered within a year of the initial evaluation and remained well through the two-year follow-up date. The groups were individually matched for age, sex, primary/secondary status, and prior duration of episode. The only psycho-social variable that predicted chronicity was increased neuroticism on self-report personality inventories administered during the index evaluation. Early loss, recent life events, and recent social supports were not predictive of outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)648-654
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Volume148
Issue numberJUNE
StatePublished - 1986

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Personality Inventory
Major Depressive Disorder
Social Support
Self Report
Neuroticism

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  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Hirschfeld, R. M. A., Klerman, G. L., Andreasen, N. C., Clayton, P. J., & Keller, M. B. (1986). Psycho-social predictors of chronicity in depressed patients. British Journal of Psychiatry, 148(JUNE), 648-654.

Psycho-social predictors of chronicity in depressed patients. / Hirschfeld, R. M A; Klerman, G. L.; Andreasen, N. C.; Clayton, P. J.; Keller, M. B.

In: British Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 148, No. JUNE, 1986, p. 648-654.

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Hirschfeld, RMA, Klerman, GL, Andreasen, NC, Clayton, PJ & Keller, MB 1986, 'Psycho-social predictors of chronicity in depressed patients', British Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 148, no. JUNE, pp. 648-654.
Hirschfeld RMA, Klerman GL, Andreasen NC, Clayton PJ, Keller MB. Psycho-social predictors of chronicity in depressed patients. British Journal of Psychiatry. 1986;148(JUNE):648-654.
Hirschfeld, R. M A ; Klerman, G. L. ; Andreasen, N. C. ; Clayton, P. J. ; Keller, M. B. / Psycho-social predictors of chronicity in depressed patients. In: British Journal of Psychiatry. 1986 ; Vol. 148, No. JUNE. pp. 648-654.
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