Reexamining the causality of causal attributions in depression: A failure to replicate

Charles S. Carver, Lawrence La Voie

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In 1981, Golin, Sweeney, and Shaeffer found an association between attributional style and subsequent depression, using a cross-lag panel design. This finding is widely viewed as showing that attributional tendencies exert a unidirectional causal influence on the development of depressed affect. This article reports a failure to obtain a comparable result from a very similar study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)110-112
Number of pages3
JournalBulletin of the Psychonomic Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1986

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  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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