Clinical Impressions of Depression and Physical Stigma Academic Article uri icon


  • Examined trainees' reactions to individuals who were varied in interpersonal behavior and physical stigma. According to traditional notions of training in rehabilitation psychology, graduate students in clinical and counseling psychology programs should differ from graduate students in a rehabilitation counseling program in their emotional and cognitive reactions to persons with physical disabilities. Alternatively, interpersonal models of depression suggest that all trainees should have more pronounced emotional reactions and different cognitive expectations of a person who displays depressive behavior. Actual results supported the latter position: Trainees reported more feelings of sadness after seeing the depressed targets, and also reported more negative expectations of these persons in counseling. Results are discussed as they pertain to interpersonal models of depression and implications for training.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Elliott, T. R., Byrne, C. A., Byrd, E. K., MacNair, R. R., & Werth, J. L.

citation count

  • 4

publication date

  • January 1993