Unraveling the Motivational and Emotional Mechanisms Underlying the Relationship Between Dependency, Self-Criticism, and Adolescent Depression

01 January 2015 → 31 December 2020
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Applied psychology
    • Clinical and counseling psychology
    • Developmental psychology and ageing
    • Other psychology and cognitive sciences
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Psychiatry and psychotherapy
    • Psychiatry and psychotherapy
    • Nursing
    • Other paramedical sciences
    • Psychiatry and psychotherapy
psychological needs depression personality stress adolescence
Project description

Dependency and self-criticism represent personality dimension involving vulnerability to depression. It is examined whether this vulnerability is accounted for by frustration of the basic psychological needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness. Need frustration would generate stress which, in turn, would increase the risk for depressive symptoms. The hypotheses are examined in a series of longitidunal, diary, and experimental studies.