First-person Pronoun Use in Spoken Language as a Predictor of Future Depressive Symptoms: Preliminary Evidence from a Clinical Sample of Depressed Patients.

@article{Zimmermann2017FirstpersonPU,
  title={First-person Pronoun Use in Spoken Language as a Predictor of Future Depressive Symptoms: Preliminary Evidence from a Clinical Sample of Depressed Patients.},
  author={Johannes Zimmermann and Timo Brockmeyer and Matthias Hunn and Henning Schauenburg and Markus Wolf},
  journal={Clinical psychology & psychotherapy},
  year={2017},
  volume={24 2},
  pages={384-391}
}
Several theories suggest that self-focused attention plays an important role in the maintenance of depression. However, previous studies have predominantly relied on self-report and laboratory-based measures such as sentence completion tasks to assess individual differences in self-focus. We present a prospective, longitudinal study based on a sample of 29 inpatients with clinical depression, investigating whether an implicit, behavioural measure of self-focused attention, i.e., the relative… CONTINUE READING
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