Contingent Self-worth and Gender Differences in Adolescent Depression: A Commentary

Contingent Self-worth and Gender Differences in Adolescent Depression: A Commentary This manuscript comments on Cambron, Acitelli and Pettit’s review of interpersonal contingencies (this issue). This commentary addresses the authors’ attention to the process by which self-worth is maintained—rather than the level or content of self-worth—as a risk for depression among females. We explore several possible explanations for the mixed diathesis-stress findings related to self-worth contingencies, including the measurement of contingencies and the conceptualization of domains of self-worth. Additional intra and interpersonal factors placing girls at risk for depression are reviewed, and possible underpinnings of interpersonal self-worth contingencies are presented. We explore ethnic differences in self-worth, diversity in cultural focus on the self, and possible biases in cultural frameworks in assessing self-worth contingencies. Links between self-worth contingencies and rumination are further elaborated, and clinical implications are presented. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sex Roles Springer Journals

Contingent Self-worth and Gender Differences in Adolescent Depression: A Commentary

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Psychology; Gender Studies; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
ISSN
0360-0025
eISSN
1573-2762
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11199-009-9694-5
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Abstract

This manuscript comments on Cambron, Acitelli and Pettit’s review of interpersonal contingencies (this issue). This commentary addresses the authors’ attention to the process by which self-worth is maintained—rather than the level or content of self-worth—as a risk for depression among females. We explore several possible explanations for the mixed diathesis-stress findings related to self-worth contingencies, including the measurement of contingencies and the conceptualization of domains of self-worth. Additional intra and interpersonal factors placing girls at risk for depression are reviewed, and possible underpinnings of interpersonal self-worth contingencies are presented. We explore ethnic differences in self-worth, diversity in cultural focus on the self, and possible biases in cultural frameworks in assessing self-worth contingencies. Links between self-worth contingencies and rumination are further elaborated, and clinical implications are presented.

Journal

Sex RolesSpringer Journals

Published: Aug 28, 2009

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