Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders, affecting 14% of all people at some point in their lifetime. Women are twice as likely to become depressed as men, but beyond gender there are a variety of risk factors that influence the prevalence and likelihood of experiencing depression. Risk Factors in Depression consolidates research findings on risk factors into one source, for ease of reference for both researchers and clinicians in practice. The book divides risk factors into biological, cognitive, and social risk factors. This provides researchers with the opportunity to examine the interface among different theoretical perspectives and variables, and to look for the opportunity for more complex and explanatory models of depression.

Key Features

* Allows reader to compare and contrast the relative states of development of different models and their databases * Examines the predictive power of these models related to various phases of clinical depression, including onset, maintenance, and relapse * Provides an examination of the therapeutic implications of comprehensive and integrative models of depression


Clinical psychologists and researchers in clinical psychology, psychiatry, graduate students in psychopathology, other allied mental health professionals.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents Preface INTRODUCTION Chapter 1 Assessing Risk Factors in Models of Depression Keith S. Dobson and David J. A. Dozois BIOLOGICAL FACTORS Chapter 2 Genetic Risk and Familial Transmission of Depression Stanley Zammit, Liz Forty, and Nick Craddock Chapter 3 Neural Structures as Risk Factors of Depression Rajamannar Ramabuubu and Glenda MacQueen Chapter 4 Neurochemical and Transmitter Models of Depression Hymie Anisman, Kim Matheson and Shawn Hayley Chapter 5 Sleep Dysregulation and Related Regulatory Models Anne Germain and Michael E. Thase COGNITIVE FACTORS Chapter 6 Cognitive Schemas, Beliefs, and Assumptions David J. A. Dozois and Aaron T. Beck Chapter 7 Information Processing: Attention and Memory Rick E. Ingram, Dana K. Steidtmann, and Steven L. Bistricky Chapter 8 Optimism and Pessimism Stephen M. Schueller and Martin E. P. Seligman Chapter 9 Ruminative Response Style Blaire E. Wisco and Susan Nolen-Hoeksema Chapter 10 Negative Cognitive Style Lauren B. Alloy, Lyn Y. Abramson, Jessica Keyser, Rachel K. Gerstein, and Louisa G. Sylvia Chapter 11 Social Problem Solving as a Risk Factor for Depression Arthur M. Nezu, Christine Maguth Nezu, and Melissa A. Clark Chapter 12 The Roots of Depression in Early Attachment Experiences


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About the editors

Keith Dobson

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

David Dozois

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Western Ontario, London, Canada