College women coping with depression

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry

Publication Date


Document Type



*Adaptation, Psychological; Adult; Depressive Disorder; Female; Humans; Psychological Tests


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


Depression is a common problem among college women, and many of them cope with it on their own (without professional help). Since these naturally occurring episodes of self-controlled behavior are frequent—and sometimes dramatically successful—they were investigated in this study. College women who had coped successfully and unsuccessfully with clinically-significant levels of depression were interviewed about their coping efforts. In contrast to previous research of this type, the present investigation did not identify any clear coping differences between successful and unsuccessful copers. Follow-up interviews indicated that many initially unsuccessful subjects eventually became much less depressed. The implications of these results are discussed, with suggestions for future research.

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Behaviour research and therapy


Citation: Behav Res Ther. 1983;21(3):221-4. DOI 10.1016/0005-7967(83)90202-4

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

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Link to Article in PubMed