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This study investigated A. T. Beck's (1970) negative cognitive triad as a model of depressive thinking. A mixed clinical sample ( N = 126) completed the Sentence Completion Test for Depression (SCD) and self-report measures of depression and anxiety. Two reference patterns were tested: agency roles, people who are the source of thoughts, feelings, and actions (self and others); and object roles, points of reference location (self, other, world, future, and past). Cognitive effects were highly specific to depression. With self in agent role, significant correlations were observed with negative self, world, and future references but not with other people or the past. With others in agent role, only negative self references were correlated with depression (e.g., "Some people would not ... put me out if I was on fire"), suggesting an interpersonal extension to the negative cognitive triad.
Author(s): Barton SB, Morley SJ
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Abnormal Psychology
Print publication date: 01/11/1999
ISSN (print): 0021-843X
ISSN (electronic): 1939-1846
Publisher: American Psychological Association
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