This study sought to determine whether people with depression exhibited social skills deficits in the domain of verbal behavior. Thirty-five students with depression and 39 nondepressed students engaged in a 7-minute conversation with either a friend or a stranger. Results indicated no depressed-nondepressed differences in speech productivity or negativity. However, a number of significant interactions indicated that people with depression who talked with a friend exhibited more negative language and used more language indicative of partner-focused attention than other participants.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Psychology
- Language and Linguistics
- Sociology and Political Science
- Linguistics and Language