Access

You are not currently logged in.

Access your personal account or get JSTOR access through your library or other institution:

login

Log in to your personal account or through your institution.

Social Psychological Aspects of Reporting Behavior: Lifetime Depressive Episode Reports

Carol S. Aneshensel, Antonio L. Estrada, Mary Jo Hansell and Virginia A. Clark
Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Vol. 28, No. 3 (Sep., 1987), pp. 232-246
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2136843
Page Count: 15
  • Download ($14.00)
  • Subscribe ($19.50)
  • Cite this Item
Social Psychological Aspects of Reporting Behavior: Lifetime Depressive Episode Reports
Preview not available

Abstract

This study examines how social psychological states influence reports of lifetime depressive disorder. The results are based on five waves of interviews with a community sample (analytic N = 601) of adults. Approximately one participant in four gives responses to a lifetime screening question at follow-up that are inconsistent with reports made three to four years earlier; the predominant type of inconsistency is failure to report a previously reported depressive episode. These discrepancies are not random, but follow orderly patterns. The presence of either internal symptom cues or external stress cues appears to prompt recollection of past disorder. This tendency is most pronounced among the previously asymptomatic or among those who made earlier depressive episode reports in conjunction with stress reports. Individuals seem to alter their reports of past psychological disorder to make past states consistent with current states.

Page Thumbnails

  • Thumbnail: Page 
232
    232
  • Thumbnail: Page 
233
    233
  • Thumbnail: Page 
234
    234
  • Thumbnail: Page 
235
    235
  • Thumbnail: Page 
236
    236
  • Thumbnail: Page 
237
    237
  • Thumbnail: Page 
238
    238
  • Thumbnail: Page 
239
    239
  • Thumbnail: Page 
240
    240
  • Thumbnail: Page 
241
    241
  • Thumbnail: Page 
242
    242
  • Thumbnail: Page 
243
    243
  • Thumbnail: Page 
244
    244
  • Thumbnail: Page 
245
    245
  • Thumbnail: Page 
246
    246