Date Approved

5-28-2009

Embargo Period

3-20-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Applied Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Haugh, Jim A.

Subject(s)

Depression, Mental; Schemas (Psychology) in children

Disciplines

Psychology

Abstract

Depression is a disorder that affects many people's lives; approximately 24% of Americans are diagnosed with some form of depression in their lifetime. In order to effectively treat depression we must first understand the disorder and how the symptoms affect people. This study aims to investigate unipolar depression in two ways through the use of a questionnaire. One is to understand the etiology of depression, specifically the role of Early Maladaptive Schemas in the etiology of chronic and acute depression. Hierarchical regressions on 88 participants indicated that EMS and anxiety significantly predict acute and chronic depression. The other aim of this study is to understand when depressed clients seek treatment, because treatments are only effective if clients seek out help. A one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) on 88 participants indicated that there were significant differences on reported EMS between three groups of help seeking; those who sought help, those who wanted help but did not seek it, and those who did not need or want help.

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