Assessing an interpersonal-cognitive risk factor for depression: Preliminary validation of the Social Feedback Questionnaire

Roseanne DeFronzo Dobkin, Catherine Panzarella, Lauren B. Alloy, Michele Cascardi, Karen Truesdell, Michael Gara

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Abstract

Past research has found support for an interpersonal-cognitive model of depression which suggests that a newly identified subtype of social support, inferential feedback, plays an important role in the development of depression. Inferential feedback from friends and family members addresses the cause, meaning, and consequences of negative life events and may influence depression through its effect on depression-inducing cognitions. The purpose of the current study was to validate a new measure of perceived inferential feedback (the Social Feedback Questionnaire; SFQ). Results indicate that the SFQ is a reliable, valid, and simple measure of social support that may prove useful for clinical research, assessment, and intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)765-780
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Expanded hopelessness theory
  • Inferential feedback
  • Measurement
  • Social support

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