Depressive Symptoms in Adolescence: Longitudinal Links with Maternal Empathy and Psychological Control
BACKGROUND Social support is associated with depression outcome and is effected by observable behaviors that express involvement. METHODS Eleven remitted depressed patients were studied during a social interaction with their partner and a similar interaction with a stranger, matched on the sex and age of the partner. RESULTS The patient-partner interaction displayed lower levels of involvement as compared to the patient-stranger interaction despite successful treatment for depression. CONCLUSION It is suggested that the findings are reflective of the continuing depressogenic process. LIMITATIONS A healthy control group for the patient-partner group was not employed. CLINICAL RELEVANCE Behavioral interactions between patients and partners may require as much attention during treatment as depressive symptomology alone.