Date of Award:

1990

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Psychology

Advisor/Chair:

Jay R. Skidmore

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the degree vi of redundancy between two prominent cognitive theories of depression: Beck's cognitive triad and Seligrnan's attributional triad. Three hundred and eighteen subjects were recruited from nine different psychology courses at Utah State University and affiliated locations across the state. Subjects completed the Cognitive Triad Inventory (CTI), the Attributional Style Questionnaire (ASQ), and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). Results indicate that the three CTI subscales (self, world, and future) and the three ASQ subscales (internal, global, and stable) did not correlate sufficiently to merit integration across measures. However, factor analyses reduced the three CTI constructs to two factors: a security/insecurity factor and the presence/absence of stressors. The ASQ also was reducible to two factors: a global/stable factor and an internal factor. The new CTI and ASQ factors could predict depression scores on the BDI equally as well as the CTI subscales and ASQ subscales, respectively.

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