Cognitive Vulnerability Research

Although by no means an exhaustive list, the models reviewed represent the major cognitive approaches to the conceptualization of depression and depression risk. Next consider the research that is relevant to the depression risk proposals of these models. Even though these models diverge in some theoretical respects, they also converge on a number of important constructs (e.g., how maladaptive information processing can lead to depression risk), as well as on the notion that the developmental genesis of depression risk resides in the effects of interactions with signifi cant others early in life. Accordingly, although each approach has stimulated a somewhat different research tradition, and tested somewhat different ideas about vulnerability, this research tends to concentrate on assessing the link between cognition and vulnerability to depression, and how this link might be related to important developmental experiences and interactions between parents and children.

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