Type III error in research on interpersonal models of depression

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry



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Medical Subject Headings

Depressive Disorder; Humans; *Interpersonal Relations; *Models, Psychological; Research Design


Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry and Psychology | Psychology


Reviews an interactional model of depression proposed by J. C. Coyne (see PA, Vols 56:2455 and 61:1146), empirical evaluations of this model, and related research. It is contended that laboratory studies designed to test these interactional models have examined stangers' reactions to depressives and therefore have little relevance to these models, which focus on the interactional processes between a depressed individual and his/her family and friends. It is argued that relevant empirical research is necessary before theoretical conjectures and treatment strategies based on an interactional model are accepted. (27 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)


Citation: J Abnorm Psychol. 1985 May;94(2):227-30. DOI 10.1037/0021-843X.94.2.227

At the time of publication, Leonard Doerfler was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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