*Originally published in Volume 51, Number 2, 1995, pages 190–195.
The specificity of sociotropy-autonomy personality dimensions to depression vs. anxiety*
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Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 59, Issue 10, pages 1069–1075, October 2003
How to Cite
Alford, B. A. and Gerrity, D. M. (2003), The specificity of sociotropy-autonomy personality dimensions to depression vs. anxiety. J. Clin. Psychol., 59: 1069–1075. doi: 10.1002/jclp.10199
- Issue online: 4 SEP 2003
- Version of Record online: 21 AUG 2003
Previous cognitive vulnerability studies have identified sociotropy/dependency as a personality characteristic related to depression. We evaluated sociotropy in differential prediction of depression vs. anxiety. Participants (70 females, 42 males) were tested on the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) at two points in time (T1 and T2), separated by an interval of 4 weeks. The Sociotropy-Autonomy Scale (SAS) was administered at T1. Sociotropy was related moderately to the BDI at T1 and T2, but also to the BAI. Autonomy was related to neither. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses found sociotropy to predict anxiety at T2, but not depression. The issue of cognitive vulnerability marker specificity is discussed. © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol, 2003.