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Title page for ETD etd-11302004-165011

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Bruce, Alanna E.
Author's Email Address alanna.e.bruce@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-11302004-165011
Title Development of cognitive diatheses for depression in children: parenting and negative life events as predictors
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
David A. Cole Committee Chair
Judy Garber Committee Member
  • depressive cognitions
  • parenting
  • negative life events
  • children
  • depression
Date of Defense 2004-11-30
Availability unrestricted
In a sample of 515 children (grades 2, 4, and 6), we examined parenting and negative life events as predictors of depressive cognitions, specifically depressogenic attributional style, depressive cognitive schemas, and low self-perceived competence. We also examined developmental trends in these relations. Children completed measures of parenting, negative life events, and depressive cognitions. Parents also completed measures of parenting and negative life events. Consistent with our hypotheses, negative parenting and negative life events predicted higher levels of depressive cognitions and positive parenting predicted lower levels of depressive cognitions. The effects of negative parenting and negative life events increased with developmental level. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
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