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Volume 31 Issue 1 (February 1992), Pages 1-127

Attributional style and depression: A controlled comparison of remitted unipolar and bipolar patients (pages 83-84)

Attributional style was investigated in remitted affective disorder patients (23 unipolars and 26 bipolars) and 26 non‐psychiatric controls. We found a specific cognitive vulnerability in unipolars. Unipolars attributed negative events to causes that were more stable – but not more internal nor more global – than bipolars and controls, and did not attach more importance to these events. Attributional vulnerability seemed more apparent in patients with longer histories of depression.

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