Clinical Inferences About Depression and Physical Disability Academic Article uri icon


  • Individuals who are physically disabled are often expected to be depressed and to mourn their condition. It is relatively unknown, however, how these expectations influence psychologists' inferences about the emotional status of those who have a physically stigmatizing condition. Sixty-nine doctoral students in American Psychological Association approved clinical and counseling psychology programs rated their expectations for depression in a person after viewing a videotape of the person in varied conditions of physique and affect. The results indicate that the presence of physical disability did not moderate the assessment of depression.

author list (cited authors)

  • Elliott, T. R., Frank, R. G., & Brownlee-Duffeck, M.

citation count

  • 6

publication date

  • January 1988