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College women coping with depression
Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations
  • Leonard A. Doerfler, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • C. Steven Richards, University of Missouri-Columbia
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry
Publication Date
Document Type
*Adaptation, Psychological; Adult; Depressive Disorder; Female; Humans; Psychological Tests
Depression is a common problem among college women, and many of them cope with it on their own (without professional help). Since these naturally occurring episodes of self-controlled behavior are frequent—and sometimes dramatically successful—they were investigated in this study. College women who had coped successfully and unsuccessfully with clinically-significant levels of depression were interviewed about their coping efforts. In contrast to previous research of this type, the present investigation did not identify any clear coping differences between successful and unsuccessful copers. Follow-up interviews indicated that many initially unsuccessful subjects eventually became much less depressed. The implications of these results are discussed, with suggestions for future research.
DOI of Published Version

Behav Res Ther. 1983;21(3):221-4. DOI 10.1016/0005-7967(83)90202-4


At the time of publication, Leonard Doerfler was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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Leonard A. Doerfler and C. Steven Richards. "College women coping with depression" Vol. 21 Iss. 3 (1983) ISSN: 0005-7967 (Linking)
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