Excessive Reassurance Seeking: Delineating a Risk Factor Involved in the Development of Depressive Symptoms

@article{Joiner2001ExcessiveRS,
  title={Excessive Reassurance Seeking: Delineating a Risk Factor Involved in the Development of Depressive Symptoms},
  author={Thomas E. Joiner and Gerald I. Metalsky},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  year={2001},
  volume={12},
  pages={371 - 378}
}
Six studies investigated (a) the construct validity of reassurance seeking and (b) reassurance seeking as a specific vulnerability factor for depressive symptoms. Studies 1 and 2 demonstrated that reassurance seeking is a reasonably cohesive, replicable, and valid construct, discernible from related interpersonal variables. Study 3 demonstrated that reassurance seeking displayed diagnostic specificity to depression, whereas other interpersonal variables did not, in a sample of clinically… 

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