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Predicting Symptoms of Depression From Social Anhedonia and Emotion Regulation

Atherton, Brennan D. BS*; Nevels, Robert M. PhD, MSCP; Moore, Michael T. PhD*

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: March 2015 - Volume 203 - Issue 3 - p 170–174
doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000262
Original Articles

The literature examining social anhedonia, emotion regulation, and symptoms of depression in psychiatric inpatients has been limited. However, some studies have shown that difficulties in emotion regulation and social anhedonia were independently associated with depression. The current study attempted to examine the effects of these two potential predictors of unipolar depressed mood. Fifty-nine (73% female) psychiatric inpatients were given the measures of emotion regulation, symptoms of anxiety and depression, and social anhedonia. Results showed that difficulties in emotion regulation, specifically dysfunctional emotion regulation strategies and emotional clarity, served as significant predictors of depressive symptoms above and beyond contributions from social anhedonia. These results highlight the importance of attending to emotion regulation in the study and treatment of depression in inpatient samples.

*Department of Psychology, Jackson State University, Jackson; and †Private Practice, Ridgeland, MS.

Dr Moore is now at Adelphi University, Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Garden City, NY.

Send reprint requests to Michael T. Moore, PhD, Adelphi University, 1 South Avenue, Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Blodgett Hall, 2nd Floor, Garden City, NY 11530. E-mail: mmoore@adelphi.edu.

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