Journal article

Dynamics of affective experience and behavior in depressed adolescents

Lisa B Sheeber, Nicholas B Allen, Craig Leve, Betsy Davis, Joann Wu Shortt, Lynn Fainsilber Katz

JOURNAL OF CHILD PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY | WILEY | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Depression is often characterized as a disorder of affect regulation. However, research focused on delineating the key dimensions of affective experience (other than valence) that are abnormal in depressive disorder has been scarce, especially in child and adolescent samples. As definitions of affect regulation center around processes involved in initiating, maintaining, and modulating the occurrence, intensity, and duration of affective experiences, it is important to examine the extent to which affective experiences of depressed youth differ on these dimensions from those of healthy youth. METHODS: The affective behavior and experience of adolescents with major depressive disor..

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