Level and perceived stability of self-esteem prospectively predict depressive symptoms during psychoeducational group treatment
Version of Record online: 24 DEC 2010
1999 The British Psychological Society
British Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 38, Issue 4, pages 425–429, November 1999
How to Cite
Roberts, J. E., Shapiro, A. M. and Gamble, S. A. (1999), Level and perceived stability of self-esteem prospectively predict depressive symptoms during psychoeducational group treatment. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 38: 425–429. doi: 10.1348/014466599162917
- Issue online: 24 DEC 2010
- Version of Record online: 24 DEC 2010
- Received 25 January 1999; revised version received 28 May 1999
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Objectives. To investigate the combined roles of level and perceived stability of self-esteem in prospectively predicting depression.
Design. Symptoms of depression and anxiety were measured both before and after psychoeducational treatment for depression; level and perceived stability of selfesteem were measured before treatment.
Method. Participants were 26 adults (16 female), age range 21-75 years.
Results. More stable self-esteem was associated with greater depressive symptomatology at treatment completion, particularly among participants who began treatment with the lowest self-esteem. Effects were specific to symptoms of depression in contrast with anxiety.
Conclusion. These results suggest that a stable, well-consolidated negative selfconcept is associated with prolonged depression and a poor response to psychosocial interventions.