Final Paper: Article Critique, Social Psychology-Depression

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Final Paper: Article Critique, Social Psychology-Depression

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Final Paper: Article Critique, Social Psychology-Depression


Depression is caused by multiple reasons and it needs to be determined what reasons are responsible to effectively cure it. Depression is one of the hot topics in the modern psychological platforms, due to its wide spread and increasing intensity. According to statistics, there are some fifteen million people in the United States suffering from major depression and about 10 percent suffer from clinical depression. This presents the gravity of problem. The problem has got its roots in the different aspects of society from social, economical to developmental stages and genetics (Schneider, Gruman, & Coutts, 2005). It requires a thorough and inter-disciplinary approach to study the factors that lead to psychological disorder named as depression.

The study in this paper is actually a product of two authors Ian H. Gotlib and Constance L. Hamme (1992), who have compiled evidences from theories, and researches to comprehend the understanding of depression in the multidisciplinary realms. The study is very well fabricated with literature, and evidence from all walks of life, specially the integration of biology and clinical approach makes it very interesting work to read. The study presents the argument in favor and refutes to make the discussion on depression more meaning full and comprehensive. This is a good approach since; the empirical evidence in this realm is often debated and less than conclusive. This paper is a critique on the study " Psychological Aspects of Depression: Towards a Cognitive-Interpersonal Integration”. This paper discusses the different perspectives and section so the study to evaluate its effectiveness. In the end certain discussion points are given to suggest, how the study could have been improved.

Literature review

The book is divided into 10 chapters. Each chapter is supported with relevant literature from diverse sources, including books, articles, journal articles and research papers. The first two chapters discuss the theories and natural course of childhood and adult depression. First chapter is well referenced, comprehensive and scholarly. In this chapter, author discusses the heterogeneity of mental disorders and how they can understand using various diverse models. The work cited in this chapter includes both the contemporary and classic. However, the topic is diverse and needed further attention. Certain topics have been short shrift; one particular example is the discussion of bio developmental reasons for differences in depression related to pubertal and pre-pubertal. At certain times in this chapter and book later on, it is felt that authors have jumped to conclusion regarding effects on children. However, the cognitive theories presented in the chapter cloud these imperfections in the chapter and make it worthwhile text to read regarding depression.

The third chapter in the text is covering the traditional theories of depression in psychological realm. In this chapter, authors discuss the clinical aspect or biological aspect of depression as well. This brings literature from medical sciences and explains the underselling reasons behind depression and how it affects the body in long run as ...
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