Manifestations of interpersonal dependency and depressive subtypes in outpatient psychotherapy patients
Article first published online: 29 JAN 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Personality and Mental Health
Volume 7, Issue 3, pages 223–232, August 2013
How to Cite
Huprich, S., Rosen, A. and Kiss, A. (2013), Manifestations of interpersonal dependency and depressive subtypes in outpatient psychotherapy patients. Personality and Mental Health, 7: 223–232. doi: 10.1002/pmh.1222
- Issue published online: 16 AUG 2013
- Article first published online: 29 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 20 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Received: 5 SEP 2012
The present study investigated the relationship between normative and pathological dependency and anaclitic and introjective depressive experiences among 71 patients participating in outpatient psychotherapy at a university-based psychology clinic. We examined the interrelationships among the Relationship Profile Test subscales, the Depressive Experiences Questionnaire subscales and the Outcome Questionnaire-45.2. Results indicated that destructive overdependence was positively correlated with anaclitic and introjective depression and negatively correlated with overall perceptions of mental health. Dysfunctional detachment was positively correlated with introjective depression and negatively correlated with generalized perceptions of one's own mental health. Healthy dependency was negatively correlated with introjective depression and positively correlated with mental health. These results not only support the construct validity of the Relationship Profile Test but also shed light on a link between depression, dependence and self-criticism. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.