Induction of Depressive Affect After Prolonged Exposure to a Mildly Depressed Individual

Mary J. Howes, Jack E. Hokanson, David A. Loewenstein

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Abstract

Scores on the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) were periodically obtained from the roommates of college students who exhibited a persistent mild depression over a 3-month period. For comparative purposes, BDI scores were also obtained from roommates of individuals who were transiently depressed and from subjects with nondepressed roommates. In comparison with control subjects, the roommates of persistently depressed persons displayed a progressive increase in BDI score over the course of the study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1110-1113
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of personality and social psychology
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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