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The Importance of Importance: Self-Descriptors in Dysphoria

Brinker, Jaylene; Aitken Harris, J; Guyitt, B; Dozois, David J A


This study examined the relationship between importance ratings of positive and negative personal attributes and depressed mood. Undergraduate psychology students (n = 115) completed the Beck Depression Inventory-II and made self-referential ratings on several adjectives. Participants subsequently indicated how important it was for them to possess or fail to exhibit each of these traits. The results demonstrated that the perceived lack of important positive traits was related to increased...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Individual Differences
DOI: 10.1027/1614-0001.27.4.193


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