Helplessness, Illusions, And Depression: Final Comment

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Response or Comment

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Journal Of Experimental Psychology


Responds to the reply by L. B. Alloy and L. Y. Abramson (see record 1982-07843-001) to the present author's comment (see record 1982-07941-001) on Alloy and Abramson's (see record 1981-02686-001) research on contingency judgment in depressed and nondepressed Ss. Despite a broad agreement, the present author argues that the evidence seems weak for Alloy and Abramson's suggestion that nondepressed people detect noncontingency accurately. Schwartz's view of helplessness as neither necessary nor sufficient for depression is considered inaccurate. (3 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved)

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