Interpersonal reactions to depression and physical disablllty in dyadic interactions Academic Article uri icon


  • Examined the interpersonal responses of persons engaged in dyadic interactions with confederates who enacted either depressed or socially appropriate roles and appeared either with or without a physical disability. Subject negative evaluations of confederates were indirectly obtained from a thought-listing measure. The overt behaviors of subjects were surreptitiously recorded on videotape and measures of verbal and nonverbal behavior were acquired. Subjects spoke less to the depressed targets and had significantly higher rates of negative evaluations of these persons. In addition, subjects gazed less at the depressed confederates. These effects were not moderated by target physical appearance. Findings are discussed as they relate to social models of depression and the stigmatizing effects of disability.

author list (cited authors)

  • Elliot, T. R., Macnairs, R. R., Herrick, T. N., Oder, B., & Byrne, C. A.

publication date

  • January 1991