Journal article

Affective patterns in triadic family interactions: Associations with adolescent depression

Tom Hollenstein, Nicholas B Allen, Lisa Sheeber

DEVELOPMENT AND PSYCHOPATHOLOGY | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2016

Abstract

Affective family processes are associated with the development of depression during adolescence. However, empirical description of these processes is generally based on examining affect at the individual or dyadic level. The purpose of this study was to examine triadic patterns of affect during parent-adolescent interactions in families with or without a depressed adolescent. We used state space grid analysis to characterize the state of all three actors simultaneously. Compared to healthy controls, triads with depressed adolescents displayed a wider range of affect, demonstrated less predictability of triadic affective sequences, spent more time in and returned more quickly to discrepant af..

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Grants

Awarded by National Institute of Mental Health


Awarded by NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH


Funding Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Queen's University, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and National Institute of Mental Health Grant R01 MH65340 (L.S., Principal Investigator).