Dysfunctional attitudes in former psychiatric inpatients

Geoffrey Schrader*, Andrew Gibbs, Robert Harcourt

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In order to test the hypothesis that patients who are predisposed to depression have an enduring cognitive style, dysfunctional attitudes (Dysfunctional Attitudes Schedule), neu-roticism and extraversion (Maudsley Personality Inventory), and severity of depression (Levine-Pilowsky Depression Questionnaire) were measured in a survey of former patients with previous diagnoses of either depressive or nondepressive psychiatric conditions. We found that there were no significant differences in dysfunctional attitudes between these groups of patients and that their scores were similar to those reported for normal populations. There was, however, a correlation between introversion and high dysfunctional attitude scores. Possible implications regarding interactions between cognitive style, personality, and predisposition toward depression are discussed as well as a suggestion that a history of a suicide attempt may predict a poor response to cognitive psychotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)660-663
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes


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