Depression and social identity: an integrative review

Cruwys, Tegan, Haslam, S. Alexander, Dingle, Genevieve A., Haslam, Catherine and Jetten, Jolanda (2014) Depression and social identity: an integrative review. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 18 3: 1-24. doi:10.1177/1088868314523839

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Author Cruwys, Tegan
Haslam, S. Alexander
Dingle, Genevieve A.
Haslam, Catherine
Jetten, Jolanda
Title Depression and social identity: an integrative review
Journal name Personality and Social Psychology Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1088-8683
Publication date 2014-04-12
Year available 2014
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1177/1088868314523839
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 18
Issue 3
Start page 1
End page 24
Total pages 24
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Social relationships play a key role in depression. This is apparent in its etiology, symptomatology, and effective treatment. However, there has been little consensus about the best way to conceptualize the link between depression and social relationships. Furthermore, the extensive social-psychological literature on the nature of social relationships, and in particular, research on social identity, has not been integrated with depression research. This review presents evidence that social connectedness is key to understanding the development and resolution of clinical depression. The social identity approach is then used as a basis for conceptualizing the role of social relationships in depression, operationalized in terms of six central hypotheses. Research relevant to these hypotheses is then reviewed. Finally, we present an agenda for future research to advance theoretical and empirical understanding of the link between social identity and depression, and to translate the insights of this approach into clinical practice.
Keyword Social identity theory
Self-categorization theory
Social capital
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 12 April 2014

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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