Cognitive vulnerability to depressive symptoms in adolescents in Urban and Rural Hunan, China: A multiwave longitudinal study

John R.Z. Abela, Darren Stolow, Susan Mineka, Shuqiao Yao, Xiong Zhao Zhu, Benjamin L. Hankin

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Abstract

The current multiwave longitudinal study examined the applicability of two cognitive vulnerability-stress models of depression-Beck's (1967, 1983) cognitive theory and the hopelessness theory (Abramson, Metalsky, & Alloy, 1989)-in two independent samples of adolescents from Hunan Province, China (one rural and one urban). During an initial assessment, participants completed measures assessing dysfunctional attitudes (Beck, 1967, 1983), negative cognitive style (Abramson et al., 1989), neuroticism (Costa & McCrae, 1992), depressive symptoms, and anxiety symptoms. Once a month for the subsequent 6 months, participants completed measures assessing the occurrence of different types of negative events, depressive symptoms, and anxiety symptoms. Results provided support for cognitive vulnerability factors as predictors of increases in depressive symptoms following the occurrence of higher than average levels of negative events in Chinese adolescents. The results also supported the specificity of these two cognitive vulnerability factors as predictors of depressive versus anxiety symptoms following the occurrence of higher than average levels of negative events (i.e., symptom specificity), and the ability of cognitive vulnerability factors to predict prospective change in depressive symptoms above and beyond the effects of trait neuroticism (i.e., etiological specificity).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)765-778
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of abnormal psychology
Volume120
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • China
  • Cognitive style
  • Depression
  • Dysfunctional attitudes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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