Clinicians' reactions to depressive behavior and ill health Academic Article uri icon


  • Psychotherapists are susceptible to prevailing negative stereotypes that exist in society at large. Inappropriate negative attitudes toward depressed and ill patients can adversely affect interactions with such clients. The authors examined the reactions of psychologists to vignettes that described a client who emitted either depressed or nondepressed behavior and who varied in terms of cancer prognosis. Clinicians had negative mood reactions after reading the vignette of the depressed client; they also believed the depressed client possessed many undesirable personal attributes. Practicing psychologists are urged to reflect on their attitudes and beliefs so they do not negatively affect assessment and therapy services.

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Ford, G. R., & Elliott, T. R.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Ford, GR||Elliott, TR

publication date

  • January 1999