Family Stability as a Protective Factor Against the Influences of Pessimistic Attributional Style on Depression

Ivanova, Masha Y.; Israel, Allen C.
April 2005
Cognitive Therapy & Research;Apr2005, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p243
Academic Journal
Family stability has been discussed as protective, providing a sense of predictability and consistency in children’s lives. An original measure, the Stability of Activities in the Family Environment (SAFE), was used to evaluate the protective influences of family stability, defined as the regularity of daily family events and activities, within the framework of the Hopelessness Theory of depression. Family stability, as reported by college students about their families of origin, predicted their current depressive symptoms. Family stability moderated the influence of pessimistic attributional style on depressive symptoms in a pattern of a classic protective factor. Family stability may serve as a protective factor against depression by fostering a sense of predictability and controllability in the offspring.


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